I don’t know if it’s a seasonal affective disorder thing or what, but this is the week when almost all the really good videos got all dark and twisty and Lynchian and strange. Other than the Best Coast video, which stands in stark counterpoint to all the others, the videos below are what happens when wriggling minds conceive beautiful images and then managed to capture those images onscreen. There are some really, really good ones in there, and you can watch them below.
5. Best Coast – “Do You Love Me Like You Used To” (Dir. Mariana Blanco)
Enjoy the sunshine while you can, everyone, since this countdown is about to get heavy with creep-vibes. The general adorableness on display here is broad and obvious, and it comes perilously close to cute overload, but, I mean, look at those kids! They all look so nice! I wonder if Wavves is in the doghouse for not showing up for a quick cameo.
4. Sufjan Stevens – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” (Dir. Aaron + Alex Craig)
I wonder about stage parents sometimes. Here we have this absolutely angelic kid running, in curls-bouncing slow-motion, through a Christmas-morning wonderland of people doing strange and fucked up things, all acting like they’re in the Lodge from Twin Peaks. And how is this child actress supposed to feel? Is she not supposed to have nightmares?
3. Sébastien Schuller – “Nightlife” (Dir. Emily Kai Bock)
The Miami nightclub scene rendered the way I’ve always pictured it: As a bleak and inhuman emotional hellscape, albeit one with lots of pretty lights. If Stanley Kubrick had directed the second season of Jersey Shore, I imagine it might’ve looked something like this.
2. Björk – “Mutual Core” (Dir. Andrew Thomas Huang)
Now we know why Björk’s spent all that time off tour: She needs to nurture her mysterious glowy-faced levitating rock creatures, at least until they’re old enough to mash their faces into each other and turn into volcanoes. Finally, it all makes sense!
1. Purity Ring – “Lofticries” (Dir. AG Rojas)
If they still made those Director’s Label DVDs for music-video directors (and I wish to god they did), AG Rojas would already have about half a DVD’s worth of brain-melting videos to his credit, and he’d be well on his way to getting his own. There’s no way to even describe this one without breaking the spell, so let’s just call it one of the best music videos of the year and leave it at that.