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The 9 Best Videos Of The Week

This week we’ve got new videos from Destroyer, Discodeine (featuring Jarvis Cocker), Hercules & Love Affair, and Lupe Fiasco. We’re still in a new video drought, post-Christmas and pre-most-release dates, which is why this week’s biggest (though not the best) video is a leak, while others came from weeks prior. Some of this week’s videos go for creep or shock value, I’m glad most of this week’s clips are good, clean, joyous, kaleidoscopic fun. It’s harder to pull off.

Eskmo – “We Got More” (Dir. Cyriak Harris)

I saw Cyriak Harris’s Cycles animation last year (it’s got over 2.2 million hits on YouTube, so I’m not alone) and hoped he’d do a music video sometime soon. Here he uses a short piece of footage shot in New York to come up with a cross between Inception and M.C. Escher. Check out his website, he’s got a lot of funny Terry Gilliam-esque animations on there.

Masters In France – “Mad Hatter” (Dir. Cyrus Mirza & Nicolas Booth)

The chorus of this track isn’t as puzzling as the video, in which a cokehead girl monster gets her feelings hurt by Masters In France, who are imprisoned at her party by her father. The video has lots of great details (the girl’s bedroom, the costuming, etc are particularly cool). (via Antville)

Jogger – “Nephicide” (Dir. Matthew Robinson)

Living in the suburbs is hard when all you want to do is wear corpse paint and vomit blood on skaters. Director Matthew Robinson is the co-writer and co-director (along with Ricky Gervais) of The Invention of Lying, and he’s the director behind this amusing video.

Hercules & Love Affair – “My House” (Dir. James Price)

James Price uses all original footage — even the commercials — to recreate an early ’90s dance party. We’ve seen this before, and recently, but I love the celebration of public access, local TV dance shows, which have sadly disappeared.

Kanye West – “Monster” (Dir. Jake Nava)

After compiling last year’s best NSFW videos, it’s hard to find “Monster” too shocking. I also don’t think that the video implies either lynching or sexual violence. Ultimately it’s a collection of horror tropes filmed for W Magazine, gorgeous but kind of empty. Still gorgeous though, and not just because it’s filled with models.

Honorable Mention:

Discodeine – “Synchronize” (Feat. Jarvis Cocker) (Dir. JF Julian)

Destroyer – “Kaputt” (Dir. Dawn Garcia)

The Suzan – “Home” (Dir. Pomp & Clout)

Lupe Fiasco – “The Show Goes On” (Dir. Hiro Murami)