Most of the music world is nursing a vast, collective hangover down in Austin right now, which means we didn’t see too many new videos this week. And for those of us who skipped the shitshow this year, there have’t been too many images that’ll leave a lasting impression. But the video of comedian and non-drummer Hannibal Buress drumming for Speedy Ortiz is a rare example of everything going right at SXSW, a fun and random moment that couldn’t happen anywhere else. None of this week’s videos are that breezy or funny, but at least five of them were pretty good. Check them out below.
5. Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild – “100 MPH” (Feat. Action Bronson) (Dir. Meyhem Lauren)
The bar is low this week, but the sight of Action Bronson doing pushups is the stuff dreams are made of.
4. Earl Sweatshirt – “Grief” (Dir. Hiro Murai)
All of Earl Sweatshirt’s videos are weirdly nightmarish. This one doesn’t have quite the apocalyptic intensity of some of his other Murai collabs, but that face-glowing-darkly thermal-imaging effect will stick with you.
3. Björk – “Family” (Dir. Andrew Thomas Huang)
A vivid and terrifying image that, you gradually learn, is about the process of recovery from heartbreak. Shout out to Huang that you don’t need to put the whole crazy-long song into the video, something I wish Björk’s “Lionsong” directors Inez & Vinoodh had known.
2. Pictureplane – “Hyper Real” (Dir. Jesus Rivera)
A glowing John Hughes movie that suddenly goes all Troma, and a fine example of how you can pull off slick atmosphere on a minimal budget.
1. Carnage – “I Like Tuh” (Feat. iLoveMakonnen (Dir. Colin Tilley)
The week’s two best music videos are both about mysterious drugs that have gruesome consequences, and I have no idea what that means. “I Like Tuh” and “Hyper Real” are both great, but I’m giving the nod to “I Like Tuh” just because it has more vivid characters and more gore.