After last week, when YouTube Red became a reality, my heart was crushed. Woolim Entertainment either by accident or design had not toed he YouTube line and were immediately shutoff (or more, not available in this country.) I was a wreck. If you pay any attention here at all, you’ll know that I have a great big fluffy love for Nell, Nell the band that makes songs that I said before and still stands true–I want to make out with. Yep, I want to make out with each and every one of their songs.
While their songs are beautiful bits of loveliness, their music videos are for real pieces of art. (Well, except maybe not their last one.) Usually they are heavy in arty visuals, high in production value, and are filled with an almost other worldly quality. So to think I would never see them again? Made me a sad, sad girl.
On the off-chance today, I gave it another try, and here they were, right back where they once were. It was almost like a birthday present to me.
So, either Woolim worked out a deal with YouTube, or it’s a momentary glitch, but either way? Let’s revel in it while we have the chance. Here are a list of my top 5 Nell videos. (This is videos, not songs, as if it were songs, Tokyo would be right at the top.)
Ocean Of Light
Bright and airy, this video matches perfectly the tone of the song itself. I love the use of light in the video and my favorite bit is when they are dancing/playing in the water. Yes, we’ve seen this before, but Nell has a way of making the same old, same old, new. (Of course, that could just be my bias showing through.)
Four Times Around The Sun
Have you ever had a video that was just so pretty it made you want to cry? No? Well….me neither. I’m sorry I brought it up. This video with its almost fairy tale look, is just the regular amount of magical and pretty. It didn’t make me cry at all–no, not at all. It did however, make me screenshot almost every other frame.
The Day Before
This song and video is heartbreaking. It makes me cry like a baby–EVERY SINGLE TIME. It stars Lee Min Ki and Song Jae Rim as a possibly gay couple in their last moments together. Shot in a stark style, it relies an the story and the beauty of the actors to hit you right in the heart place. I dare you, I double dog dare you to watch this video, read the lyrics and not cry.
The Time of Walking On Remembrance
This video gets on the list for the main reason as it was the first time I ever experienced a Nell song or video. Most of the song seems like it’s quiet and basic, basically a guy in a car, then more than half way through, it kicks it into the ethereal Nell we’re used to.
This one is a total and wholehearted cheat as it’s no actually a music video at all, but instead a video they posted of their annual concert at Christmas recorded in 2013. This I listen to all the time, especially when I’m writing, and it made me realize just how much I want (or neeeed) to see them in person.
So whatever the reason, however you managed it, thanks for coming back Nell! I will never take your videos for granted again.