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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Obviously, this week’s best music video wasn’t a music video at all: It was the one where Gunplay goes fishing. I could’ve watched that for at least two hours. But if you insist on actual music videos, there were some good examples of that this week, as well. We’ve got five below.

5. Bloc Party – “Kettling” (Dir. James Lees)

Most of my favorite childhood memories involve me and my friends beating the shit out of each other, and that particular aspect of childhood gets a gorgeously lyrical treatment in this video. Commenter Nick Degel informs me that the game they’re playing in the video is called British Bulldog, and I feel like I have a new appreciation of this guy now that I know the origins of his name.

4. Bat For Lashes – “All Your Gold” (Dir. Noel Paul)

The Gotye thing is still hard to get past, but it’s easy to forgive the song’s bizarre similarities to “Somebody That I Used To Know” when Natasha Khan is strutting and contorting her way across the beach with all the gracefully awkward charisma of an injured ostrich. Khan is a beautiful woman, obviously, but in this video and “Laura” before it, she’s shown a real ability to command a camera with a twitchy gravity that has nothing to do with how pretty she is.

3. Menomena – “Plumage” (Dir. Trevor McMahan)

A peacocking exhibition that starts working on its own internal logic, then abandons that logic, finds another logic, and keeps disappearing down different rabbit holes. It’s a fun ride, and the callbacks to past Menomena videos are fun. But I also find myself acutely wishing that I owned maybe a third of the clothes in the video.

2. Perfume Genius – “Take Me Home” (Dir. Patrick Sher)

Between this video, “Rusty Chains,” and “Dark Parts,” Perfume Genius is really building a discography that pushes some weird buttons in some not-unpleasant ways. Here, he’s a gender-bent streetwalker operating out in some godforsaken industrial area, and the whole thing just thrums with sex and doom.

1. Solange – “Losing You” (Dir. Melina Matsoukas)

I’d never heard of the South African Le Sapeurs subculture before watching this video, but apparently it involves indulging in high fancy even when you’re in the middle of a dustblown shantytown: Dressing in ridiculously fly tailored suits, twirling parasols, playing croquet, sipping tea from china. In a not-terribly-huge surprise, this stuff makes for some amazing visuals.