Regarding modern art and MGMT's "Flash Delirium" video

We here at Knox Road talk a lot about “weird,” “bizarre” or “crazy” music videos. I myself like to indulge in the modern art that music videos have now become in much the same way I would a Warhol or Dali painting. I like to observe it for what it is, and try not to overanalyze or dig too deep. Inserting meaning into an otherwise meaningless piece does such an unimaginably great disservice to the artist and should, in my humble opinion, be avoided at all costs. It is the unnecessarily judgmental critic that kills the heart of art. That said, the video for the new MGMT song, “Flash Delirium” is WEIRD AS SHIT.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every second of it! I’ll even put myself in the likely minority by saying I actually LIKE the video (just as I did when I said I liked the song). There’s a certain mystery that’s wrapped up beneath the bandages on our main character’s throat that keeps you waiting, watching, while we take a trip through the weird and amazing life of this group of people. It’s visually interesting and wonderful to watch. It’s not even until we get to the climax that it gets really crazy, but then you just have to go along for the ride or else be eaten alive by the insanity of the thing. And isn’t that all we can do with modern art these days? Isn’t it just?

The video is streaming over at MGMT’s website.

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