Remember when the first music videos came out? How cool where they! We were glued to the TV screen watching our favourite music stars appear in mini movies with quirky narratives, special effects, and fast edits. Cinematographers played with the new medium with abandon, and there seemed to be no bounds to their creativity. But as time passed and music videos became de rigeur they slowly lost their edge, becoming formulaic, predictable, slick. I really haven’t sat down to watch music videos in years.
I should have. I totally missed the phenomenon Louis Philippe Eno appear on the video scene. Since Eno graduated from Concordia University he has produced over 100 music videos in less than a decade. He has garnered several awards for his unique creativity and recently caught the eye of Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal curator Louise Simard. As part of the MACM’s Music Video series she has selected seven videos which represent the breadth of Eno’s œuvre. I watched the reel during yesterday’s press conference, and the 40-minute screening felt like 15 minutes. It helps that the music is good: Les Trois Accords, Dumas, Malajube, Pierre Lapointe, Plants and Animals, and Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse in a project realized with film maker David Lynch.
Here is a video I shot during the press conference showing excerpts from the reel, with a short interview with Eno at the end:
Eno steers away from the predictable formula of “band on stage with interwoven side-story” and enjoys approaching a project completely sideways. For example, the Les Trois Accords video Saskatchewan doesn’t feature a hint of narrative related to the song. Instead a group on black-clad ninjas pose in katas and break props (the ninjas turn out to be the band members in the end). And the video for Étienne d’Août by Malajube is a short cinematic piece featuring a Viking burial with production values equal to any Lord of the Rings movie.
My suggestion: this summer make a bee-line for the MACM and chill out in their screening room downstairs. Eno’s Vidéomusique reel loops all day during the museum’s opening hours from June 8 until August 4, 2011.
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Vidéomusique | Music Video
Louis Philippe Eno
June 8 until August 4, 2011