A music blog from Ireland.
Yesterday a very excited (!!!!!!) announcement was made of the 2011 IMTV Awards nominations. IMTV, from the company who make Fade Street, aim to recognise the best Irish music videos of the past year by way of ten categories, placing strong emphasis on the music that goes with them. It’s a bit of a tired old format at work here with Best Male and Best Female smacking of a throwback to the Smash Hits Awards when in fact, real quality was evident this year with some genuinely excellent videos released in places. It’s good to see Patrick Kelleher and the Gorgeous Colours get a mention and there were some very happy people online announcing their nominations last night so congratulations to them.
Amongst others, there’s Video Of The Year, Best Director, Best Production Effects and Best Styled, along with the nominations for Best Original Concept category which I’ve posted below.
Ham Sandwich – Ants
Storyfold – The Battle
Lowly Knights – Burning Powder
King Kong Company – Acetate
Zombie Cops – You Do
Snark: that took ages. It offends my blogger sensitivities bigtime when websites don’t link. Especially as it’s an announcement of music video nominees. Not alienating an audience by leaving them to google the videos is Internet 101. Also, Facebook icons on the header should lead to Facebook.
Of the videos above, I like Burning Powder by the Lowly Knights best although the subtitles look a bit stark. King Kong Company’s video for Acetate was an unbelievably boring waste of five minutes (plus search and load time) that I won’t get back.
One thing that really surprised me was the lack of animation and photography categories. In fact there have been loads of developments and advancements in music vids that would be really interesting to explore. But right now when Ireland’s drawing to the fore of the world’s animation stage, I’m a bit astonished that any savvy outfit in the Irish film biz could overlook the importance of animation as a growing creative industry. The year’s not out yet but who could forget this beaut for Villagers’ Cecelia & Her Selfhood that Adrian Merigeau crafted over five months? Though not as well-known, Richard Davies‘ video for Robyn G. Shiels’ Hello Death was also given the gothic treatment via animation. Other notable animated music videos this year include We Cut Corners’ A Pirate’s Life and the video for Rhob Cunningham’s song Daylight which I featured last week. I’m sure if there was an animation category there would be some great nominations.
Overall, there’s an interesting number of music videos wedged into that longlist and some deserving winners: I said yesterday that Myles O’Reilly has made a massive contribution to the recordings of recent months. It does seem odd to present awards for 2011 before the year’s out: who knows how much more good stuff is still to come? Irish music always keeps us on our toes.
Oh just noticed here that the IMTV Awards take place on 30 November at the Sugar Club with performances by the Gorgeous Colours and The Brilliant Things.