There were so many great videos this week! Great job, universe! On the list below, I couldn’t find space for the new clips from Chance The Rapper or Mothers or Clams Casino or Braids or Wild Beasts or Alicia Keys. They are all great, and you should watch all of them. But there can be only five, and they’re all below.
5. Adele – “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” (Dir. Patrick Daughters)
For maybe the brightest, sunniest, most attitude-laced breakup song Adele has ever written, I expected a video with some brightness, some colors. (It was never any question that it would be a single.) Instead, Daughters turned her into a hypnotic swirl of Adeles. Good choice.
4. Classixx – “Whatever I Want” (Feat. T-Pain) (Dir. Daniel Pappas)
I don’t regard the Smiths’ “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” as any sort of unimpeachable masterpiece, but there is still so much joyous punk-rock audacity in casting T-Pain as Morrissey. I love it.
3. Band Of Horses – “Casual Party” (Dir. Ben Fee)
Guillermo Del Toro is a very good director for a lot of reasons — he did, after all, make Blade II — but I tend to think that he’s regarded as highly as he is for one reason: Imaginative monster design. By that logic, Ben Fee needs to make a movie right now.
2. Banks & Steelz – “Love + War” (Feat. Ghostface Killah) (Dir. Arms Race)
This video is pretty much just RZA’s extended audition for an acting role in a Tarantino movie. I am OK with that.
1. Mitski – “Happy” (Dir. Maegan Houang)
Did you see the ending coming? I didn’t see the ending coming.