I never expected to use the word “Lynchian” to describe a 2 Chainz video, but that happened this week. Yet again, we’ve got a complete avalanche of idiosyncratic visions and brainpan-expoding imagery from a whole lot of videos this week, both big-budget and no-budget. And in putting this list together, I had to make some tough omissions, like Screaming Females’ gruesome zombie comedy and Band Of Horses’ beautiful fake nature film. Here’s what we ended up picking instead.
5. Van She – “Jamaica” (Dir. Mike Piscitelli)
A week after Major Lazer’s luminous “Get Free” clip, here we’ve got another one about how awesome it is to be in Jamaica. I think both videos might even feature the same swimming hole. And you know what? I’m convinced. Jamaica looks fucking amazing. And you have to respect the ingenuity of any group who uses their new video as an excuse to visit the country and comes away with a gorgeous video as a result.
4. The Presets – “Ghosts” (Dir. Abteen Bagheri)
Bagheri is the man behind A$AP Rocky’s instantly iconic “Peso” video, and without the credits, I would’ve had no idea that he’d done this one too. But Bagheri finds stark beauty in diving boards the same way he does in Harlem street corners. The synchronized divers in this video twist and spiral downward in this video with a classical grace, and Bagheri does wonderful work capturing the instant where they’re hanging in midair.
3. Bob Dylan – “Duquesne Whistle” (Dir. Nash Edgerton)
The opening seconds of this one are fucking unbearable, like a mini-version of an indie romance where all the characters are way, way too wistful and quirky for their own good. But things turn dark fast, and it ends the way I wish 500 Days Of Summer did. Bonus points for the impossibly ridiculous but badass entourage that Dylan keeps here; there’s at least an outside chance that that’s the real Gene Simmons back there.
2. Trash Talk – “F.E.B.N.” (Dir. Tyler, The Creator)
Tyler, The Creator, directing under his Wolf Haley alias, has been way too willing to throw all sorts of gross imagery and shitty jokes at the camera in his videos lately. But in this one, he captures some of the anarchic fun of a Trash Talk live show while maintaining the brutalist black-and-white simplicity that helped make his “Yonkers” video so unforgettable. And when you think about it, every music video should really end with Lee Spielman and a little girl emerging from a Lamborghini and Spielman screaming “What the fuck?” at the camera.
1. G-Dragon – “One Of A Kind” (Dir. Seo Hyun Seung)
If you don’t have a baby tiger on a leash or a dancing bear cub in your video, you lost. Sometimes, it’s just that simple. K-pop has discovered skate-rap, and we should all be very, very excited about that.