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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

It is five days until Halloween, and we have not yet seen a single great Halloween-themed music video. How is this possible? Admittedly, you don’t really need a seasonal excuse to put werewolves and disembowelings in your music video. But we’re all in the mood right now, right? So what’s the hold-up? This week’s picks are below.

5. Ruston Kelly – “Son Of A Highway Daughter” (Dir. Stephen Kinigopoulos & Alexa King)

A new sensation: You feel like you’re getting to know a guy, like you’ve got some kind of handle on him. And then he turns out to be terrifyingly good at figure skating.

4. Maggie Rogers – “Light On” (Dir. Olivia Bee)

Sometimes, all you need from a music video is a good look at the way golden-hour light plays across somebody’s face. This is one of those Terrence Malik-wave videos, and it absolutely works.

3. HÆLOS – “Buried In The Sand” (Dir. The Sacred Egg)

That “oh fuck, are people looking at me?” feeling, rendered in music-video form.

2. Toro Y Moi – “Freelance” (Dir. Harry Israelson)

How does Chaz Bundick always manage to look this slick in music videos? How can the rest of us pull this off? Because I’d really like to pull it off, whether or not I’m in a music video.

1. Travis Scott – “Sicko Mode” (Feat. Drake) (Dir. Dave Meyers)

Look: There are plenty of perfectly OK reasons to get annoyed about Travis Scott’s dominance. But “acid-fried Hype Williams” really is a great aesthetic, and as this guy gets bigger, he really amps up that video budget and gets bigger and weirder with it. This one is big and weird and great.