The 11 Best Videos Of The Week
Just like last week, here are this week’s attention-worthy videos. New ones from Serena-Maneesh, Antony and the Johnsons, Gatekeeper, Gordon Voidwell, James Blake, Kid Cudi, Mark Ronson, Torche, and Warpaint, along with a cute/creepy kid video from Foals and a cute, not-creepy cat filled video from Holy Fuck. Enjoy:
Serena-Maneesh – “D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D.” Video (Dir. Kristoffer Borgli)
Borgli also directed the video for Casiokids’s “En Vill Hest,” though this video is much crueler and harder to watch. If you enjoy this there are some Michael Haneke films you’d probably love.
Foals – “Blue Blood” (Dir. Chris Sweeney)
I don’t know where director Chris Sweeney found the kid that stars in this video, but he coaxed a sweet, sometimes frightening performance out of him.
Torche – “U.F.O.” (Dir. Andrew James Cox)
This hilariously low-budget take on monster movies is director Andrew James Cox’s first video. He daylights at Hydra Head and, until recently, had a really long beard.
Warpaint – “Undertow” Video (Dir. Shannyn Sossamon)
As mentioned, Sossamon was Warpaint’s original drummer, before she decided to re-focus on acting. We didn’t mention this, but it’s important to note that she also has a son named Audio Science.
Antony and the Johnsons – “The Spirit Is Gone” (Dir. Peter Sempel)
This video is a tribute to Kazuo Ohno, who also appears on the cover to The Crying Light
Mark Ronson & The Business INTL (Feat. Boy George) – “Somebody To Love Me” (Dir. Saam Farahmand)
Farahmand is also the director behind The xx’s “Islands” video.
Here he edits together video from Culture Club’s heyday. EDIT: It’s all original footage. Boy George recently said that Culture Club plan to reunite next year to celebrate their 30th anniversary.
James Blake – “Limit To Your Love” (Dir. Martin de Thurah)
This video is a subtle, graceful companion to Blake’s Feist cover.
Gatekeeper – “Chains” (Dir. Thunder Horse)
I don’t know much about the director(s) Thunder Horse, though their website shows that they played with this aesthetic before.
Gordon Voidwell – “Ivy League Circus” (Dir. The Wilderness)
Design collective The Wilderness have also made videos for Anti-Pop Consortium, Juan Maclean, Spank Rock and Passion Pit.
Kid Cudi – “Erase Me” (Dir. Jason Goldwatch)
Cameos here from Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kanye West, and Clark Duke, who was in Hot Tub Time Machine, as well as the Clark & Michael web series.
Holy Fuck – “Red Lights” (Dir. Brian Borcherdt & Michael LeBlanc)
Band member Brian Borcherdt directed this adorable, fire-laden video for “Red Lights.” He says that they actually wanted to use this idea for a video on their last album, but couldn’t get the money together. So he and friend Michael LeBlanc self-funded the video this time. So, why cats? And did they use their own cats to save on budget? “We’re all cat-crazy. We knew that using our own cats was out of the question. My cat’s a stubborn asshole,” Borcherdt says. “There’s was no way she was going to be cute and cuddly behind a miniature drum set. In fact, my wife just phoned me to say that she had to take our cat to the vet, after another raccoon fight. They buzzed her fur and stuck a thermometer in her butt. So, yeah, that’s about all my cat is good for. We hired three professional cats. Well, two cats and one kitten.”