Look at the five music videos below, and you'll find Denver artists quick to share their troubles with the world. Whether they're delivering songs backed by animation, baring their guts to the camera, dancing, sporting edgy fashion or rapping on the street, local artists prove to be a vulnerable yet talented bunch.
See for yourself in these five music videos from artists from around town:
"I Can Change"
A guy has a drinking problem and it's hurting the people around him, so he decides he can change. Sobriety is a promise many have failed to fulfill, and it's the painful personal subject of plenty of songs, including "I Can Change," by Kyle Emerson, a single off his fall album, Only Coming Down. Still, the collage animation in the music video offers compelling imagery that the song itself does not convey. Emerson, who will be playing the Underground Music Showcase, has something delightful here, and with a promising career, a lot of people looking to find out where he's headed and the new album dropping soon, he's got a big year ahead.
Gregory Alan Isakov
Gregory Alan Isakov's subtle music is mostly heard on big stages these days. But it's best up close. Very close. There you can see his eyes squint and just how intimate his delivery of each line is. That's what he achieves in his recent live video of the song "Southern Stars." Directed by Bryan Dos Reis and shot in a largely empty ballroom, Isakov and his bandmates deliver a performance that highlights each musician's solos through close-ups, demonstrating how the song itself has been assembled. The video unwittingly serves as a master class in how to write and perform a simple folk song, turning lyrics and the strum of a guitar into a dynamic experience.