A whole mess of great videos this week, from some unexpected places as well as the expected ones. When Flatbush Zombies release an excellently hallucinogenic rap video about dropping liquid acid in your orange juice and then hitting the bodega and showing off the skull in your gold fronts — usually my personal sweet spot — and it doesn’t make the top five, that’s a good week. The stuff that did make the list is below.
5. Kvelertak – “Bruane Brenn” (Dir. Stian Kristiansen)
As a society, we may not share too much common ground, but I think we can all agree on this: It was about time that Norwegian death n’ roll got its very own “Sky’s The Limit.”
4. Rhye – “Open” (Version 2) (NSFW-ish) (Dir. Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen)
Other than maybe the subway-station scene on Girls between Shoshanna and her boyfriend, this is the most romantic fucking thing I’ve seen all week.
3. AAN – “Mystery Life” (Dir. Mike Wilson)
A fun music video, yes, but also a valuable public-service procedural on how to avoid the cold spectre of death and to have fun doing it. Impossible to watch without wishing you lived in Portland.
2. Beach House – Forever Still (Dir. Beach House & Max Goldman)
Baltimore dream-pop band decamps for Texas desert and records gorgeous bummer of an album. They then load a camera crew into the van and drive around said Texas desert, performing the album’s songs in the mythic, craggy landscape that presumably helped to inspire it, making the album sound even better in the process.
1. Cold Mailman – “My Recurring Dream” (Dir. André Chocron)
Some important questions: How does this video even exist? How much planning went into filming it? How much did it cost? Did it even cost that much? Who put up the money? Are there any alternate tracking-shot realities that didn’t quite work out? Could this video just keep going on for hours? How the fuck did they even do this, anyway?