First up, the video for "Mistaken For Strangers", the first single from The National's upcoming album Boxer. Their previous longplayer Alligator is easily one of my favourite albums of the last year or two and it seems the formula has survived intact: sweeping, anthemic rock saved from excess by a literate and knowing dexterity of lyrics and composition. The video mirrors the song's theme of the specifically urban paradox of simultaneous loneliness and claustrophobia. As he bounces alone on his bed we simply wish we could bounce by his side. Gorgeous.
Next up, a new version of Low's "Hatchet". The Optimimi Version to be exact. The song now vocalised by only Mimi Parker over lo-fi scratchy beats that could not be more befitting, and beguiling. Animated by Scott Bateman, this video is... cool. Apologies but my adjective bank runneth dry. Watch and judge.
Posting of the next video is rampant throughout the Irish blogosphere. Thought I should join in, in case you might miss it. It is the rather kick arse "Lend Me Your Face" by Irish band Fight Like Apes, from the fantasically titled upcoming album How Am I Supposed To Kill You If You Have All The Guns? Not sure if the band would appreciate the analogy, but Karen O meets The Chalets on a mescaline binge? An ode to the peculiar joy of necessary violence.