Disclosure - "White Noise" video

Obviously, the best music-related video of the past seven days is the yelling goats remix of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” and the second best is Wale attempting to fight a Toronto Raptors announcer during a game. Neither of these, however, is an actual music video, so I had to pick five others. Those five are below.

5. Screaming Females – “Poison Arrow” (Dir. Kate Sweeney)

The casting decisions here are fascinating, mysterious things, and the face-tattoos on the Jeff Gillooly-esque thug are a thing of beauty. But my favorite thing about this utterly strange, singular, no-budget clip is the way it treats a small-town art fair as a massive sporting event, one worth getting violent over. Also, if I could buy all the Screamales-themed art on display in the clip, I would.

4. DIIV – “Wait” (NSFW) (Dir. Sandy Kim)

Kim was the photographer who took most of the early shots of Girls that helped many of us understand that band’s aesthetic. And in this video, she pretty much does the same thing for DIIV, giving that same feeling of young people enjoying their own no-money foxiness. And since Girls isn’t around anymore, who’s to say DIIV can’t just take that style over? Also, I don’t know whether DIIV are helping Sky Ferreira get a seat at the cool kids’ table or whether it’s the other way around.

3. Bat For Lashes – “Lillies” (Dir. Peter Sluszka)

Back when Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze were still making music videos regularly, you’d often get clips that melded gently whimsy with softly creeping menace. That combination’s not around in videos much anymore, and I imagine it’s difficult to pull off, but it’s all over this one. Those monster costumes are just top-notch, and I love the way Natasha Khan seems to really enjoy getting to dance with them, almost like she’s getting to hang out with the animals at the zoo.

2. SSION – “High” (Dir. Cody Critcheloe)

You tend to know what you’re getting with a SSION video: Lots of suburban art-glam weirdness, all done with a near-kabuki form of theatrical self-consciousness. That’s here, too, but the video takes so many bizarre turns, and Critcheloe stretches what must’ve been a tiny budget so far, that I ended up absolutely delighted anyway. SSION make a lot of videos, but if you’re only going to watch one, this is the one.

1. Disclosure – “White Noise” (Feat. AlunaGeorge) (Dir. Luke Monaghan)

It’s a simple concept, but there’s so much this video has to get across: Detroit’s cinematic decay, the grey and depressing perma-cold, the sense of people just trying to get by in rough circumstances, the genuine joy that this guy gets to experience whenever he’s alone in this beautiful and dying building, the casting of a believable working stiff who can also dance his ass off. And Monaghan nails all of that with grace and empathy and a sense of serious fun, and he does it all without even overplaying the great little love story at the end.

Comments (10)
  1. Go Blue.

  2. Does anyone else think the DIIV video is getting a little too close to gross female objectification? Like, is it really ok if it’s done by other women and hipsters?

    • Considering Sky & Zach’s picture with Terry Richardson, it could possibly be bordering on objectification.

      But given DIIV’s music and the tameness of this video, I don’t feel like any of these girls are being “used” per se. I mean, what if the video was all instagram’d shots of dudes smiling and walking in the woods and swinging on swings with their dicks out? Would we then accuse it of objectifying men?

      I think the video is the musical video equivalent of hanging up posters of girls in yr dorm room. So maybe yr right? I don’t know. I like DIIV too much to bring a genuine objective perspective.

      NOW THAT Disclosure video… ‘loon lagoon.

      • Ah, the old objectifying men by showing swinging dicks swinging on swings. Hate when photographers and/or directors do that. Enough with the dicks!

        I have a pretty high pain threshold for hipsterh\y stuff but that Diiv video is like American Apparel meets Instagram in the worst possible way.

  3. Keith Schofield’s insane stock footage video for Darwin Deez needs to be on here.

    https://vimeo.com/60004263

  4. Haha that Wale thing was amazing.

  5. The correct pick for #1. White Noise & Detroit are a great fit.

  6. Disclosure and SSION

  7. i came here for the tits and crying

  8. i was streaming that raptors game the other day and came in right when that thing with wale happened and could not figure out what the hell was going on and then they showed him and i spit beer everywhere

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