This week we have new videos from The Living Sisters (directed by Michel Gondry), Pharoahe Monch, Die Antwoord, and, once again, Cloud Nothings. The videos from Guillemots, YELLE, and Willow Smith have some amazing special effects — bodies embedded in pavement, bodies spinning and floating in space, entire city streets emerging from sand. But the Ohelha Negra clip is impressive without special effects, And I’ve always appreciated how Gondry does more with editing, camera perspective, and timing than most people could with a huge FX budget.
The Living Sisters – “How Are You Doing?” (Dir. Michel Gondry)
The ridiculously soothing harmonies between The Living Sisters — Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark, The Bird And The Bee’s Inara George, and Eleni Mandell, are the solid base on which this chaotic video is set. Each singer gets her own camera and her own storyline as they navigate house fires, air turbulence, car accidents, water breaks, and earthquakes. The way Gondry films and intersects their story will remind you a lot of his wonder Cibo Matto video for “Sugar Water.”
(via Promo News)
Ohelha Negra – “M.I.R.I.A.M.” (Dir. VHILS)
VHILS is Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto, whose work has appeared alongside Banksy’s in exhibition. His current technique is to use well-placed explosives to peel away bits of plaster. This video shows his work in slow motion, and it looks like special effects or magic the way his pieces just appear all at once.
(via Promo News)
YELLE – “Safari Disco Club / Que veux-tu” (Dir. Jérémie Saindon)
YELLE has a lot of fun videos (I especially like her “A Cause Des Garçons” clip). This video’s actually for two different songs, and the transition between the two side of the video is kind of unexpected and clever — it might be the best part of the clip.
Pharoahe Monch – “Clap” (Dir. Terence Nance)
New York-based director Terence Nance makes an ambitious short film around Pharoahe Monch’s “Clap,” starring Gbenga Akinnagbe, who played Chris Partlow on The Wire. I really like the way Nance incorporates Monch into the narrative. (via Antville)
Willow Smith – “21st Century Girl” (Dir. Rich Lee)
Rich Lee directs futuristic, big budget videos for the Black-Eyed Peas, Eminem, and the Pussycat Dolls. He took full advantage of his budget with this video, with a good deal probably going to Willow Smith’s ridiculous wardrobe. It isn’t quite as good as “Whip My Hair,” but once again she and the director strike the right balance between youth and maturity.
Forever Dolphin Love – “Connan Mockasin” (Dir. Daniel Brereton)
Guillermots – “The Basket” (Dir. Tom Kingsley)
Cloud Nothings – “Nothing’s Wrong” (Dir. Matt Wells)
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