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There is a great use of imagery and storytelling throughout this video. I like the thin narrative that connects everything and the visuals are crisp and really add to the dynamic of the music as well. Well shot overall and the sound is really well mixed too. Having two music videos does make this seem a bit long and it's possible that making this two separate videos, but still kept in the series, might be more palatable for other audiences. It would be a great addition as a short in a film and/or music festival though.
Great beat and rhythm. Sounds a bit like a Jack White song crossed with a Strokes album. This would go well as a chase scene song, or even a hot, frenetic love scene in a movie. I can definitely feel your blues influence on this song, even through the barrage of guitar riffing. I enjoyed the bit of a break mid-song. It really gives the listener a little "recovery time" and allows them to rock out to the last minute or so. Overall it sounds like any concert with Vinyl Spectrum is going to be a good time that results in calling in to work the next day.
I really enjoyed the song. It's very Coldplay in it's tone and vocal styling. The accompanying video is vivid, beautiful, and compliments the mood and tone of the song. The colors are great and the fluidity of it would make it work great as a crowd or performance piece at a concert or even in a theater. The song is definitely a "love scene" or romantic comedy/dramady song (either the end where the couple gets together, or end of second act where the relationship has just fallen apart...you know how those movies are). Either way it's definitely soundtrack material and can stand apart from the video itself.
I can certainly see the music video style in the way this trailer was shot. One thing that stands out to me immediately was that the audio needs to be evened out a little bit and the voiceover needs to be normalized and a bit more integrated into the footage instead of having that "layered on" feel (it's something I see happen in a lot of indie films in general, not just trailers, but can spell death for festival and awards submissions). I can see this not being as important if this footage was being used as just part of a music video, as the music is supposed to take center stage at that point. I can make out some semblance of a story in this trailer but I'm not really sure what it is that I'm actually watching, and I feel that many people would favor hearing bits of dialogue from your main character, or characters in general, rather than just the voiceover. The cinematography overall isn't bad and the lighting gives a harsh, gritty feel to the overall piece. Obviously I couldn't judge an entire film, short, or music video right from the trailer, but the key to all of that is storytelling and you have the visual ability, which is obvious. I'm just worried that, at first glance, your audience may be a bit confused as to what this is actually about. Also, being that this is a musical short, it would be nice for more of the actual music to permeate the trailer, unless that somber score is actually what we're in for.
It has that laid back Cali feel to it. I could certainly see this working in a soundtrack on an indie film or even a teen/young adult show on a network like the CW. The beat is, overall, a little repetitive in the first 1:15 or so of the track, but I'm back in by the time the lyrics kick in. Good job with the lyrics mix as well. There is a good balance of the guitar riff and the singer where one doesn't play over the other, and instead compliments the beat and overall aesthetic of the song. It's simple, has a catchy chorus, and could even work being stripped to just a score for film/tv use if they didn't want the singing with it. 4:20 seems a bit long for a tune like this overall. I could see this play just as effectively trimmed to 2:30-3:00.
In regards to how this would fit into my cinematic world, I could see this whimsical piece being used in films by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Wes Anderson. It certainly elicits a very distinct, almost nostalgic feeling. One of the comments on the piece from Soundcloud called it Parisian, which I would say is fairly accurate, until the strings come in and really lift the music to an entirely new level. The musical progression overall, starting with the accordion and then adding the piano and finally strings creates a simple, moody, and powerful piece that I think could underscore a serious moment as much as it could a comedic one.