The week before Halloween is often one of the best music-video weeks of the year. It’s an excuse, if anyone needed one, to break out the vampire fangs and the fake blood and the latex gore makeup — all things that, objectively speaking, make music videos better than those music videos would otherwise be. But with a few not-that-notable exceptions, we got no real Halloween-themed music videos this year. What the fuck is even going on? Is it election-related anxiety overshadowing the greatest music-video holiday of the year? Can’t we have anything nice? Fortunately, we did still get some good videos this week. They just weren’t Halloween-themed. Five of them are below.
5. Blood Orange – “I Know” (Dir. Dev Hynes & Tracy Antonopoulos)
Dev Hynes might be one of the most graceful dancers in the entire underground-music sphere, but when you throw him into a big, empty room with an actual professional ballet dancer, he looks like an oaf-ass galoot. I really like that.
4. Kero Kero Bonito – “Trampoline” (Dir. Theo Davies)
The rare Kero Kero Bonito video to acknowledge that there are foggy days, that we can’t live in a sunshine-candy wonderland 100% of the time — and then, of course, it explodes back into sunshine-candy wonderland form.
3. Junior Boys – “Kiss Me All Night” (Dir. Sophia Peer)
In which an outdoor makeout session on a sunny day goes through the delirious-surrealism Too Many Cooks filter.
2. Dessert – “Back Around, Devil” (Dir. Alex Lill)
This one is actually a few weeks old, but I missed it when it came out, and it demands to be seen. The video’s star is the late Emmanuel Yarbrough, a 700-pound sumo wrestler and MMA fighter who was once listed as the world’s largest athlete and who passed away last year, after filming his part for this video. And in its use of nasty-ass gore and pure, euphoric imagery, this video works as a lovely little tribute.
1. The Avalanches – “Because I’m Me” (Dir. Greg Brunkalla)
I wouldn’t have guessed it, but apparently the world really needed a twee, Wes Anderson-ified version of Martin Scorsese’s video for Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” with Sonny Cheeba from Camp Lo standing in for a very young Wesley Snipes.