Wednesday, April 28, 2010

God Bless You Eric Wareheim

I had already declared Eric Wareheim god after seeing the "Pon De Floor" video, but after Mark showed me the "We are Water" video I decided to extol his godliness to all of you.

For those that don't know, Eric is one half of "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!", a show that deserves it's own post altogether. Lately though, Eric has also been producing some of the greatest music videos ever made. Here's a few (if you're at work good luck!):

MGMT - "The Youth"

MGMT - The Youth from Eric Wareheim on Vimeo.

A) I love these kids. When they start really dancing you can tell that in real life they're being groomed to be broadway stars.

B) Their routine is hot. Everyone in every club should be doing that chest bump.

c) Great narrative for the song. To capture the feeling of a song is one thing, to turn the feeling of the song into a story is another.

Flying Lotus - "Parisian Goldfish"

This video is so great you can't even watch it on this page (click on the picture for the web page).

Also, this is a hot jam. It's makes you want to get down in every sense of the expression. And they do!

Major Lazer - "Pon De Floor"

Major Lazer "Pon De Floor" from Eric Wareheim on Vimeo.

When I first heard this song, this was exactly what I imagined: a house full of people getting freak nasty. Scientists have proven that combining marching band drum rolls and tweaky electronic sputters instantly creates sexual abandon and anarchy.

Apparently daggering is a real danger, but if the looks on their faces are proof, it's worth it.

Health - "We are Water"

HEALTH "We are Water" from Eric Wareheim on Vimeo.

I never would of guessed this was one of his videos. In retrospect, I can definitely make out his sensibility, but most noticeably missing is his hyper color palate, green screen, and DANCING. I mean at the heart of all the fun silliness, these videos make you want to dance uninhibited. There's no models or professional dancers who are perfectly sculpted and expertly trained, just normal people enjoying music.

This video is very different. The production values are very high, the color is very dark and muted, and the tone is dark. Which isn't to say that it's not still silly, I mean it is quite ridiculous.

It's nice to see sexuality askewed in a horror setting. I mean we've all seen this scene before where the beautiful blonde gets chased into the woods and manages to unexpectedly or accidentally dispatch her pursuer. But I love that this video instead revels in the absurdity of these kind of scenarios by mixing your expectations with ridiculousness (the goopy reverse penetration, the wig removal and crow-like make-up, and the indulgent orgiastic decapitation / castration bukakke).

You can see more videos by Eric here.