Man, indie rock has come a long way since the days when everything sounded like Pavement and Guided By Voices. Now, at the end of 2008, the spectrum has grown sooo wide that the term can apply just as accurately to a hyper-political Sri-Lankan dance-rapper and a 30-piece Swedish joy-pop collective... both of them on major labels! Weird! And not only are M.I.A. and I'm From Barcelona both generally categorized as indie rock, but now they both have videos for songs called "Paper Planes!" Let's examine a few of the things that set them apart...
1) M.I.A. is a solo act with about 200 people, 150 sub sandwiches, 90 gold watches and 30 different outfits in her "Paper Planes" video.
I'm From Barcelona has 30 members, but only one of them -- lead-singer Emanuel Lundgren -- appears in "Paper Planes." While he is joined by the occasional stranger, the video centers mostly around him.
2) M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" is based around a Clash sample and the video is spread throughout New York City.
I'm From Barcelona's "Paper Planes" is based around clarinets, saxophones, flutes, trumpets, banjos, accordions and kazoos. The whole video takes place in an elevator.
3) Emanuel Lundgren has long hair and a mustache.
M.I.A. has... well... why don't you just watch the videos (M.I.A. after the jump). Play them both at the same time for a very special secret message from Daniel Johnston!