Lots of good music videos this week! Serial killers! Shadow-puppet dogs! Primary colors! Air rifles! Inexplicably clownish rap-star art direction! Members of the extended Stereogum family! There’s just a lot to like in this week’s batch, as you can see for yourself below.
5. The Twilight Sad – “Another Bed” (Dir. Craig Murray)
A legitimately creepy vision of isolation and voyeurism, this one tells the story of a murderer who tries to feel less alone by arranging his victims into partied-out poses. It’s like a reverse Weekend At Bernie’s, where everyone except one person is dead at the beachfront condo. And the Twilight Sad’s version of mechanistic Factory Records pound is a perfectly freaked-out soundtrack. This is a hard one to shake.
4. Kate Bush – “Eider Falls At Lake Tahoe” (Dir. Kate Bush)
Bush turns out to be almost as great at manipulating shadow-puppets in emotively vivid and economical ways as she is at singing gorgeously nutso art-pop songs. With her lingering, evocative literal read of her own lost-dog song, Bush has made something that’s moving in ways that are very hard to explain. For her, then, it’s just another day at the office.
3. Sleigh Bells – “Comeback Kid” (Dir. Derek Miller & Gregory Kohn)
Our comments section seemed very split on this one, but its sunshiney cheeriness, and Alexis Krauss’s world-devouring charisma, are more than enough to earn it a spot high up on this list. I can’t think of any band I’d rather watch swagger through a supermarket.
2. Nicki Minaj – “Stupid Hoe” (Dir. Hype Williams)
Another one that started comments-section fights, and another one that works because of its freakilly garish color scheme and because of the titanic personality at its center. Nicki Minaj seems perfectly happy to turn herself into a clown — not in the rap-slang sense but in the actual rubber-nose sense — and the genre hasn’t seen any star figure this willing to look ridiculous since late-’90s Busta Rhymes.
1. Hospitality – “Friends Of Friends” (Dir. Scott Jacobson)
As previously established, we’re going to end up liking any video that features our Videogum colleague Gabe Delahaye in a prominent role. Bonus points for dressing him in a skull-covered porkpie hat and for pairing him with an actress from Arrested Development. But the video’s central concept — a sweetly funny riff on geographical displacement — is what puts this one all the way over.