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Year’s Best: OKP’s Top 14 Music Videos Of 2014

Year’s Best: OKP’s Top 14 Music Videos Of 2014

Year's Best: OKP's Top 14 Music Videos Of 2014

2. Taylor McFerrin f. Nai Palm – “The Antidote” [dir. Simon Benjamin]

Animator Simon Benjamin pushes “The Antidote” – the trippy atmospheric standout from Taylor McFerrin’s Early Riser LP – to the limit with a shape-shifting video.  Simple line drawings bloom to reveal snapshots of McFerrin’s everyday life, then unfold into peeks at the musical universe lurking just beyond each door or – not so surprisingly – beneath his skin.  Forward and emotionally raw, the clip for the track featuring Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote finds Benjamin building avenues and awakenings from meandering lines and other abstractions that bend seamlessly into the groove of Thundercat’s mind-melting bass vamps and the smoky cool of her statements.  All of these bits and pieces and doodles combine to tell the story of where McFerrin has been; many fans and media outlets questioned what the musician/producer was up to prior to the release of his full-length Brainfeeder debut.  More importantly, however, Simon infuses each frame with the promise of possibility, carefully fashioning each illustration so that its lack of completion encourages the eye to move past the obvious identity of each image to behold the shape of things to come.  That open ended approach is most effective as fans – and maybe even McFerrin himself – are ultimately more concerned with where he intends to go.  If his state of consciousness at the end of the footage is any indication, there is no place else to go but up. – Karas Lamb

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