Dubbed the Dominican Daryl Hall last year when no one knew why there was a column about music videos here, it truly seems like ages since we’ve seen something new from George Lewis Jr. or alternately, Twin Shadow. I pre-ordered his newest album, Confess so I could shell out the money sooner and listen two hours before my fellow man, which is why I feel completely at ease referring to him by his given name. The Keith Musil-directed video for the infectious “Five Seconds” chronicles a chatoyant death-defying trek via two wheels in which George is pitted against a masked, bat-wielding gang (AHEM). The video already has a sequel.
T-ara are a South Korean pop assemblage currently eight young women deep. Research further demonstrates a semi-brutal turnover rate, as well as the group’s knack for annually rotating leaders so each have their moment in the sun (read: time to prove their worth or taste the boot). And this time they require your attention for over ten minutes. In the video for “Day by Day,” part one of a legendary, post-apocalyptic tale has been woven. It’s at once difficult to pin down and then again easily summed up by the anime transfusion around the eight and a quarter minute mark. Watch now and question motives never.