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The 8 Best Videos Of The Week

This week we’ve got new videos from Scissor Sisters, Adele, Broken Social Scene, Suckers, and Fujiya & Miyagi. One thing I noticed about this week’s top five videos — they were all directed by foreign directors. I’m not sure why that is. There are also less videos since things are slowing down for the holidays. Next week we’ll have a rundown of all the best NSFW videos of the year, since you should not be working by then, and you’ll need something to talk about with relatives. Enjoy:

Scissor Sisters – “Invisible Light” (Dir. CANADA) (NSFW)

Barcelona-based trio CANADA also directed El Guincho’s puzzling and wonderful “Bombay” video. Like “Bombay,” this one feels a little like you’re flipping through channels, though there’s a much stronger central character here, an upper-class woman who seems like she’s been dropped into a 70s psychological horror (think something like the often-referenced Suspiria). I feel like all their videos are going to show up here eventually.

Broken Social Scene – “Texico Bitches” (Dir. Thibaut Duverneix)

This video is an oil company battle turned literal — those are, I think, stylized versions of Texico’s logo on one team’s faces. The wrestling match between the two representatives gets sloppy, then intimate, then, sort of innocent for the last shot. Montreal director Thibaut Duverneix has also directed a video for Ghislain Poirier.

Adele – “Rolling In The Deep” (Dir. Sam Brown)

Sam Brown’s meticulous and detailed style works well here with Adele’s impressive vocals. The set is a huge part of this one, a huge house in the middle of renovation, full of all these depressing shades of green.

Monokino – “New Kid” (Dir. Erik Alkema)

Director Erik Alkema is also the artist behind the video’s puppets and costumes. I also like that there’s tons of wind turbines in the background, since both the band and the director are from Amsterdam.
(via Antville)

Suckers – “It Gets Your Body Movin'” (Dir. Darko Dragicevic)

This isn’t the first appearance for this costume. Darko Dragicevic used it when he filmed the band in Berlin in October. In this video the costumed man looks like an alien exploring this planet. Or, as others have mentioned, an extra in a Fever Ray video.

Honorable Mention:

Joan As Police Woman – “The Magic” (Dir. Ben Reed)

Fujiya & Miyagi – “YoYo” (Dir. Ewan Jones Morris and Casey Raymond)

Tapes ‘n Tapes – “Freak Out” (Dir. Kevin Russell)