Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends. We’re so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside!
The new year is here, and we’re off and running (just a wee bit late), with a fresh pot of video java percolating on the stove. Speaking of heating up, the competition was boiling this month, as two very different works tied for top honors. Looks like we’re handing out a pair of Barclay Awards, which we present on a more-or-less regular basis for outstanding achievement in the field of Unofficial Video artistry.
1. Producer: RankTheLion
Artist: Yellow Ostrich
Here’s a budget throwback to music video buffoonery of the highest order. It’s worth noting the recent passing of The Monkees’ Peter Tork, who contributed much to the widely held belief that rock bands all lived in the same house and had wacky adventures when not onstage. RankTheLion hits the funny bone!
1. Producer: JonZombie + Meikee Magnetic
Artist: Blvck Ceiling
Song: “Body Electric”
The female protagonist cannot resist the allure of… sexy stuff. Temptation is steamily rendered with kinky, occult panache. It’s safe to say JonZombie and Meikee Magnetic have a keen understanding of visual seduction and an arsenal of ideas.
3. Producer: Shoot To Frame Productions
Artist: Pearl Jam
There is still room in the world for angst, and this sincere effort rings true. Nothing hurts worse than adolescent broken-heart burn, and Pearl Jam is fitting accompaniment.
4. Producer: Tilo Zhu
Artist: The Chainsmokers
Song: “Sick Boy”
Chinese teen contemplates his own mortality, alá the Danish Prince. Instead of a soliloquy he takes a cellphone video of his own sick soul.
5. Producer: Avgusta Volchenkova
Artist: Beth Hart
Song: “Jazz Man”
You’ve got to love a Russian troupe showing off snappy steps and genuine razzmatazz in a salute to decadent Western music. Putin may have won the Cold War, but you can’t dance to him. Let’s thaw out those diplomatic relations, already!
As always, Team TikiKiti would like to thank the classy creatives from all over the globe whose work we can’t help but make a fuss over. Let’s never part!
Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Once again the crew of The Calypso is taking a deep dive into the trenches of our last three Barclay Award winners to sift out the pirate treasure and illuminate unseen creative caverns. Check your air!
1. Producer: Kornelia Malczewska
Artist: DJ Snake + AlunaGeorge
Song: “You Know You Like It”
It’s the little things that bring out the best scores. The art direction and costumes in Kornelia Malczewska’s production are spot-on. The near-lurid neon scenes represent the dancer’s inner world, where she dresses and moves like a superhero, contrasted with the mundane reality of daily harassment by idiot boys.
Note to producers: For a performance video it’s imperative to find a choreographer/performer with substance as well as style. Ecaterina Cirlan is the dancer’s name here and her focus is downright fierce, reminiscent of Madonna in her MTV prime. Cirlan is the revving engine, while Malczewska plots the course—a first-rate collaboration.
1. Producer: Unlocked Films
Artist: April March
Song: “Chick Habit”
We’ve seen videos by Northwest filmmaker Jesse Locke before, and for good reason. He brings a strong storytelling sensibility to his work, informing each frame with tension and mood. As in the case of Locke’s previous winning video, he operates in the low-budget punk-thriller genre, once again with fearless female protagonists taking action when the going gets tough.
As for the notion that witches are back in a big way, Locke nails the zeitgeist perfectly, even as Netflix gains spell points with its Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot. Now is not the time for passive heroes.
1. Producer: Hadi BA
Song: “Good Life”
The way things come in and out of focus in Hadi BA’s travel montage mirrors the disorienting intoxication of travel, suggesting that it is indeed a tiring ordeal, but that we are better because of it. The omniscient narrator gently reminds us to get over ourselves and to look at different people in faraway lands to experience spiritual growth.
The use of black-and-white photography here is exquisite, blurring the line between arrival and departure through transitional landscapes (shuttles, airplanes, airports) that require their own navigation. The monotones both fade and command attention, but we’re usually moving too fast for serious contemplation.