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The 12 Best Videos Of The Week

There’s a larger dose of videos this week, since we took Friday off for the holiday. And the best videos this week are varied — there’s a new, interactive clip from Au Revoir Simone, another fan-made clip for Sleigh Bells (that is way more fun than the official one), and inscrutable videos from Active Child, Sia, and Here We Go Magic.

Denki Groove – “Fake It” (Dir. Hideyuki Tanaka)

The concept’s pretty simple: dozens of men line up and dive, over and over again, from a high dive. But they dive so soon after the one before them that it looks and feels dangerous. Plus, as they go on their dives get more unpredictable, which makes this video seem even more dangerous (or, very well edited). (Via Antville)

Sleigh Bells – “Infinity Guitars” (Unofficial Video) (Dir. Matt Wells)

Sleigh Bells’s “Riot Rhythm” just got a clever fan-made video, and now “Infinity Guitars” has one directed by Matt Wells (and starring Daniel Scheinert, who co-directed the Hundred In The Hands video from a couple weeks back). Honestly, though, Wells made a fan video for pizza more than for Sleigh Bells.

Au Revoir Simone (Dir. Eli Stonberg)

This video doesn’t use HTML5 like Arcade Fire’s video, nor does it take user input from Twitter like Robyn’s video, but this interactive coloring book is very charming, especially when the picture’s creatures start moving around. Watch at
Au Revoir Simone Video

Here We Go Magic – “Casual” (Dir. Nat Livingston Johnson and Gregory Mitnick) (NSFW)

Nat Livingston Johnson also director Here We Go Magic’s “Collector” video, which was shot on VHS and was dreamy and light and fit the song very well. “Casual” is unexpectedly, seriously bloody. But it’s so well-shot and dreamy in its own way (I think it’s the slow motion, or maybe the blood rapture at the end) that it isn’t as jarring as it sounds, even the evisceration scene.

Active Child – “I’m In Your Church At Night (Dir. Petro Papahadjopoulos)

Pat Grossi’s voice (and instrument of choice) are unearthly, celestial. So it’s appropriate that this video looks like heaven, or like a baker’s idea of the afterlife. Petro Papahadjopoulos also directed TV On The Radio’s “Golden Age” Video.

Scala & Kolacny Brothers – “Raintears” (Dir. Steven Huybrechts)

Scala & Kolacny Brothers are responsible for that cover of “Creep” that soundtracked the trailer for The Social Network. This is one of their original songs. Belgian animator Steven Huybrechts made this black and white, watercolor and charcoal-like animation.

Sia – “I’m In Here” (Dir. David Altobelli)

Up and coming Brooklyn director David Altobelli has had a few videos on Stereogum recently, like his clip for Phil Selway’s “By Some Miracle” and “Windstorm” for School Of Seven Bells. “Haunting” gets thrown out a lot with his videos, and it holds true here, though I wish there were a little bit more going on. Still, the details he focuses on, like the ice crystals forming on the window of the airplane, are beautiful.

Honorable Mention:

The Naked And Famous – “Girls Like You” (Dir. Special Problems)

Keepaway – “100” (Dir. Jack Johnson)

Memoryhouse – “Heirloom” (Dir. Jamie Harley)

School Of Seven Bells – “I L U” (Dir. Toby Halbrooks and David Lowery)

Jamie Woon – “Night Air” (Dir. Lorenzo Fonda)