Thursday, 29 December 2016

2016 Scene Awards - Video of the Year

When that first clip about video killing radio stars was played on that MTV thing all those years ago, they probably didn't quite envision just what MTV would be playing thirty-five years later. Does MTV still exist? More importantly, our Video of the Year award does and it's all fireworks and flying around here. What a good year. 


Runner-up: Saturn by Sleeping At Last

"How rare and beautiful it truly is that we exist." 'Saturn' has been out there in the world for a couple of years now (the song, not the planet... obviously), but Sleeping At Last only got around to releasing a video for it in 2016. A song of its calibre, that holds a special place in the hearts of likely every single person that hears it, deserved a music video to match it and, my goodness, did it get one. Superb work from Tom Shea (Director) and Michael Means (Director of Photography) saw beautiful cinematography, stunning locations and incredibly moving lighting effects take 'Saturn' to another level. It takes what we know will be the saddest moments in our lives, the loss of those we love, and asks us to remember that their light remains and we were lucky to have had them in our lives. (Matt Bond)

Winner: Say It by Flume feat. Tove Lo

Look, I'm going to just say it (boom!), I've not written much about Flume, he's all good, doing his thing and I'm all happy with it, but he's not really the first artist I'll hit play on in my collection of songs. He doesn't care, he's busy winning ARIA's and things. But the reason I love the concept of nominating a Video of the Year is because this isn't about who I'm listening to in my headphones, this is about who I'm watching on my screens. I'm not much of a screen watcher, in fact, I'm well known for falling asleep after only a few minutes of screen time, but this clip, it does that magical thing that makes it hard for me to shut my eyes, it takes me to places that I don't know exist, some kind of fabulous world of skies and freedom and flight and light. I could watch those two flipping about all day long, except now I'm busy spending all day googling to figure out where I can get myself a silver suit and space helmet. (Jo Michelmore)

2015 Winner
Drive - Oh Wonder
Runner-up: Magnolia - Gang of Youths

2014 Winner
It's Alright - Fractures
Runner-up: I'm A Fantastic Wreck - Montaigne

2013 Winner
The Bed Song - Amanda Palmer
Runner-up: I'm A Fantastic Wreck - Montaigne

2012 Winner
Bad Girls - M.I.A.
Runner-up: Hey Jane - Spiritualized

2011 Winner
Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
Runner-up: Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye feat. Kimbra

2010 Winner
Islands - The xx

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