After last week’s avalanche of amazing videos, things slowed up a bit this week. Still, our top pick is an uncanny, impossible-to-forget piece of work, and there’s plenty of other good stuff further down the list. Check out our picks below.
5. Cults – “You Know What I Mean” (Dir. Isaiah Seret)
Props are due to Cults member Brian Oblivion for going for the full Man Without A Face melt-scar makeup job in this carny-romance story. And further props are due to his stuntman for all sorts of death-defying leaps and fiery escapes. It’s a pleasure to see a whole lot of effort and production put into telling a simple, effective story like the one in this clip.
4. Eugene McGuinness – “Shotgun” (Dir. Thirtytwo)
The art direction is impeccable, and the spy-movie imagery is a lot of fun, even when it’s not put in the service of anything beyond pure imagery. If you’re a sharp-looking young British musician trying to make an impression, this is the way to do it.
3. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Niggas In Paris” (Dir. Kanye West)
This frantic mostly-live clip doesn’t really rely on much more than the icon status of its two stars and the propulsive awesomeness of the song itself. But those are great things to have to rely on.
2. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “Dream On” (Dir. Mike Bruce)
This video makes a whole lot more sense once you realize that the female boxer is stuntwoman supreme Zoe Bell, the star of Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. So yeah, she probably could reduce that guy to a bleeding pulp; there’s more realism here than I initially realized.
1. St. Vincent – “Cheerleader” (Dir. Hiro Murai)
It’s hard to say what this video means, exactly, but the video of doe-eyed, towering Annie Clark leaving a museum crowd agape when she stands up and then crumbles into dust? It’s the sort of thing that stays with you.