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Friday Five: Best music videos of 2014

These days, it seems like if you really want to push your song out into the world, you have to have some sort of visual accompaniment to go along with it. It’s a big reason why I wanted to start up this weekly Friday Five post when I came to the Current—there are so many new videos coming out of the Minnesota music scene each week that it can be hard to even keep up with it all.

As we close the door on 2014, I wanted to take some time today to reflect on all of the incredible videos that came out last year. After reviewing a whole year’s worth of MN music videos, I can tell you that there were a lot of people standing in fields and roaming through the woods, a lot of collages of found footage, and a lot lo-fi, homemade videos bursting with personality. But what I wanted to pay tribute to today were the videos that dug deeper and aimed to not just provide flashy visuals to accompany the music but also tell a story and add another layer to the overall message of the song.

And of course I couldn’t limit it to just five this week—there were far too many to choose from. So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my 10 favorite Minnesota music videos of 2014.

Lizzo’s “Paris”

Caroline Smith’s “Half About Being a Woman”

Psymun’s “Talk 2 Me”

RONiiA’s “Last Words”

Verskotzi’s “Sleepless One”

Vaski’s “Weightless”

Tickle Torture’s “Would I Love You”

Trampled by Turtles’ “Wild Animals”

No Bird Sing’s “Apogee”

Martin Devaney’s “Over My Shoulder”