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Animated music videos: 28 awesome examples

21. Basement Jaxx – My Turn

Tomak Ducki is an animator and designer based in Krakow, Poland. He's had numerous festival screenings and won awards for his distinct style of work. There's a  minimal style to this video; the colours work so well together and give it quite a mystical vibe.

22. Everything Everything – Schoolin'

London-based freelance illustrator and animator Nicos Livesey produced this fascinating minimalist music video for Everything Everything. The video is notable for the way it captures as many of the lyrics as possible, with brightly coloured, but minimal imagery.

23. The Maccabees – No Kind Words

This video features actors Mathew Horne (of Gavin & Stacey fame) and Matthew Baynton (who also starred in the comedy series) in what reminds us of an Alas Smith and Jones conversation piece, laced with pixelated video game visuals. Then, the camera swings round to a front-on of Mat Horne, complete with neon green visuals tracing his face.

Brown has also worked on music videos for James Blake, and Gabrielle Aplin's The Power of Love

24. Is Tropical – The Greeks

  • Released: 2011
  • Produced by: Seven

This animated music video went on to win at the 2011 UKMVA's for Best Indie/Rock Video – UK and Best Animation in a Video. It's a perfect blend of live action footage of children playing with toy guns, plus animation bringing the guns to life, in a dark-yet-naive video.

25. TOY – Lose My Way

Brass Moustache is an independent film collective based in London. Individually, they are musicians, photographers, illustrators and journalists. This effort for TOY is simply done, but extremely effective – a wide one-shot performance overlaid with a beat-matched psych particle system and sections of the singer/guitarist performing.

26. House Shoes ft. Danny Brown – Sweet

Russ Murphy/RUFFMERCY has animated and produced numerous videos for the likes of Paul Weller, as well as live loops for Ministry of Sound. RUFFMERCY has a very interesting visual style. This video in particular boasts a trippy flow of melting faces.

27. The Shins – Rifles Spiral

Jamie Caliri is a Grammy-nominated director who created this very eerie-looking music video for The Shins. The video follows a battle between magicians and a rabbit. It's very unpolished and rather Tim Burton-esque, and really nicely blends 2D and 3D elements.

28. Silvery – Horrors

Alasdair + Jock met at Edinburgh College of Art and have gone on to produce numerous music videos, win multiple awards and produce sections for 3D feature, A Liar's Autobiography, by Graham Chapman (of Monty Python fame). The simplicity of the moments and the intensity of the aesthetics really go well to complement each other and the track itself.

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