Monday 22 January 2018

Music video renaissance

Niall Byrne

A new generation of Irish film-makers is proving that there is an audience beyond late-night television music programming. In the past month alone the internet tubes have enabled some first-class music-video and live-performance work to be showcased from this country's finest and most creative filmmakers.

Anyone who has been paying attention to blogs and music sites over the past year or so will be familiar with Myles O'Reilly's work. Predominantly shot in black and white, his videos capture the soul and ambiance of live performances from mostly experimental and alternative acts to whom the word 'artist' also signifies the deep creativity of their music.

O'Reilly's site Arbutus Yarns ( is the repository of all his work to date, featuring performances from James Vincent McMorrow, Janelle Monae, Julie Feeney, Amiina, Jennifer Evans, Tegan And Sara among many others. O'Reilly has also been shooting the recording diaries of Lisa Hannigan in studio in Wales as she records her second solo album (

His latest work, no doubt inspired by a live video he shot for (declaration of interest -- I'm an editor of the site) of Villagers is his first proper music video for Domino Records and Villagers for the band's latest single The Pact (I'll Be Your Fever) (

A close compatriot of O'Reilly's, Steven Mogerley has also produced two brilliant live clips for State. The first appeared back in March ( and features rising star Anna Calvi showcasing her significant trance-induced guitar skills live in The Workman's Club. The latest clip is Lykke Li and band performing an acoustic version of her new single to a packed Tower Records crowd during Record Store Day (

Continuing with the live music theme, Greystones-based video production team Tiny Ark recently shot two sumptuous videos for the instrumental Wicklow band Enemies: one in which the venue Whelan's never looked so good and the other a studio split-screen cut (

Back in the traditional music video format, recent Irish videos that have impressed include Fergal Brennan's stop-motion video for the Dublin-born electronic producer Shit Robot for his Alexis Taylor-featuring single Losing My Patience (, Ross Bradshaw's zom-bie pukefest for Le Galaxie's Midnight Midnight, Vincent Gallagher's Run Lola Run-esque clip for Funeral Suits' Colours Fade and Greg Corcoran's latest for Kill Krinkle Club's video series which is notable for its location, the romantic, gondola-filled surroundings of Venice.

Of course, regular late-night music TV content is now finding a home on the web, too. Other Voices, the music series which has broadcast from a church in Dingle for nine years, now has a YouTube channel ( which features performances from the past two years of the series from the likes of Richard Hawley, Super Furry Animals, José Gonzales, Lissie and many more.

See to watch all these videos.

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