by Sasha Gransjean in New Film on Tuesday 27 March 2012

Jamie Harley is a video artist who uses everything from avant-garde films, documentaries, and even home movies to create an emotional landscape for the music videos that he makes (many of which are ‘unofficial’). His video artwork is thoughtful, sensitive, and hypnotic at times.

It brings you into the song and then leaves you in a world of dreamy nostalgia. I first discovered him through a song by Memoryhouse called Lately (Deuxième) which takes a single shot from a 1977 Japanese horror/sci-fi movie and slows it down to the exact duration of the song. The end result is a myriad of human emotions that the context of the slow-motion microcosm allows the viewer to absorb in time with the beautiful accompanying song.