“It’s…huh. Pretty good. Um.”

Tim: Previously, on Europlop!, we tried to listen to Still Need To Dance but ended up complaining that it was more of a film with a musical backing. Now, they’ve pointed us in the direction of their new track. So what’s the video like?

Tom: For a start, it’s got brief shots of a topless woman, blood and injury, and other occasionally inappropriate things in it, so viewers at work may want to keep this in a background tab.

Tim: Good point. Unless you work in a fishmonger’s, in which case you may use it as a training video.

Tom: Other than that, it’s largely nonsensical.

Tim: Well, full of destruction, which is always fun, but even better than that, it doesn’t interrupt the music! So let’s review that properly.

It’s…huh. Pretty good. Um. Part of me thinks that the bloke shouting/girl chanting combination jars a bit, but part of me thinks it works well. Though to be honest, a larger part of me is somewhat indifferent and reckons that while they’re both decent, it’s the backing music that really stands out here.

Tom: Solid drums and keyboard in the background, true – but that voice is good, too.

Tim: It is, and actually, on a second listen, I want to change my opinion. I now think it’s great, because I’ve got it. The ahh-ah-ahhing works as a nice complement to the backing bit, and the bloke singing over the top should be seen as the main vocal bit. That way, it’s almost a sort of instrumental chorus, and it’s lovely. And also contrasts somewhat with the whole destruction thing going on in the video, which is…interesting?

Tom: I think “interesting” just about sums it up.

Momofoko – Still Need To Dance

To be honest this is a bit annoying.

Tim: This video is, I think, the weirdest one we’ve seen since Underground.

Tom: A “Bed Intruder” reference? Blimey.

Tim: Yeah. And much like Underground, I was pretty much too engrossed in that than the song itself. Quite what still needing to dance has to do with going out hunting and investigating unusual weather phenomena is beyond me, but to be honest this is a bit annoying.

Tom: It’s a lovely bit of video, though, I’ll give it that much. But annoying?

Tim: The thing is, the music is good, but it seems to have been used just as a backing track for this video, rather than the other way round. You can’t really hear it much, and the fact that it keeps getting interrupted means you can’t even listen to it properly in the background.

Tom: Ah, now there’s a reason for that. Music videos are increasingly having interruptions or ‘extra bits’ added to them, to stop people ripping the audio from YouTube. They’re what they’ve always been – an advert for the track – but now they’re not the track itself.

Tim: I know that – it’s just, isn’t this a bit too far? One break I can cope with, but we have two stupidly long ones, the second of which finishes so close to the end that we can’t really be sure what the end of the track is actually like.

To sum up: good music, but can we actually hear it next time, please. And in a way that lets us know how the song finishes. Thank you.