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Ben Howard, "Old Pine"

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Mickey Smith-directed video provides lovely backdrop to Ben Howard's rustic folk.

23 Ben Howard's brand of gorgeous, stripped-down folk has people drawing comparisons to the likes of Nick Drake, Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez. None of which are off base. Howard, who grew up on the rugged shores of western England, makes nostalgic, rustic music that conjures memories of crackling campfires. Take "Old Pine," for example. The title track off his upcoming debut EP......read more

The Apparitions "God Monkey Robot"

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Animated collage madness from director Rob Shaw.

In this video for southern indie rockers The Apparitions, Rob Shaw uses a collage of animation techniques to portray a nightmarish vision of consumer culture. CG, cutout, graphic and stop motion animation techniques come together to achieve a truly singular style. Produced by Bent Image Lab in Portland. ...read more

Thom Yorke "Harrowdown Hill"

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Bent Image Lab goes miniature for Radiohead frontman's "most political" song.

Thom Yorke describes "Harrowdown Hill," from the 2006 album "Eraser," as his most political work. After coming across some of Chel White's short films, Yorke asked the director and partner at Bent Image Lab to make the video. Using Bent's "Smallgantics" technique -- a variation on tilt-shift photography, in which objects in images are made to appear......read more

Ben Hai

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Surreal Animation Through China's Southeast Countryside

This is just plain different.  Animation by Rob Jabbaz with music by Howie Lee....read more

Benjamin King: Abstracted Landscapes

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Loosely-rendered paintings merge landscape and abstraction

With a few notable exceptions, landscape painting and abstraction operate on separate planes, and ne'er the twain shall meet. Brooklyn-based painter Benjamin King ignores this illusory boundary, with raw and expressive interpretations of natural landscapes. The works on canvas distill the feelings and sensations of the nature scenes -- without accurately depicting them. As he explains in a......read more

Inlets "Bright Orange Air"

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Sublime music vid delivers poignant comment on light pollution.

As a Brooklyn resident, Inlets main man/multi-instrumentalist Sebastian Krueger knows a thing or two about light pollution. The impressionistic video for "Bright Orange Air," wonderfully crafted by Benjamin and Stefan Ramirez Perez, goes deep with the song's theme. "Bright Orange Air" appears on Inlets' debut album, Inter Arbiter, out this week on twosyllable records....read more

World Water Day Photo Feature: The Chinese Dust Bowl

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Benoit Aquin's surreal color photographs capture the otherworldly beauty of a land without water.

The Chinese Dust Bowl is an arid 400,000 square mile wasteland representing the largest ever manmade conversion of productive land into desert. It has been called "one of the greatest environmental disasters of our time." Benoit Aquin's eerie, hazy photographs call awareness to "scarce water resources, desertification, and ecological refugees in China" by revealing the devastating effects of......read more

Skitchen

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By Paris-based photographer Benoit Jammes

This is the sort of thing that happens when you leave the kitchen: the fruits and vegetables put on their skates and they use the kitchen as a skate park. This fun series of photos highlights the secret sporting life of food when you're not looking. Benoit Jammes is a conceptual artist and photographer based in Paris. - See more at Faith is Torment....read more

Benoit Paille's Alternative Landscapes

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Poetic light installations question the reality of landscape art

Alternative Landscapes is a captivating installation project from Canadian photographer Benoit Paille, who uses an interesting lighting method involving a suspended illuminated square to create his own version of landscape photography. Paille explains: "This is a photography of light installation (real light, real square 1×1 meter) I set in nature or where during the night you have......read more

Tripping in the Woods with Benoit Paille

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Sumptuous nighttime photos of forests and stars

A quick perusal of these Benoit Paillé's dream-like photos of forests and stars leaves the distinct impression that the Canadian photographer was tripping when he shot them. That impression, cliché though it may be, is correct. The collection is in fact called "LSD," for the appropriate reason that Paillé was on acid when he took the pictures. After dropping,......read more

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