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The 10 Best Videos Of The Week

This week we’ve got new videos from Diamond Rings, Katy Perry, The Dø, and directing team DANIELS. There are some cool tricks to some of these videos — SixToes stretches a seven-second shoot to four minutes, DANIELS put green screen cloth around the heads of puppies to turn them into skateboards, and Kenton Slash Demon used string and nails to create a video that only looks like it was make with computer trickery. I’m torn on this week’s NSFW video — there are some really funny, surprising scenes, alongside some of the most offensive things ever placed inside a music video. Someone who watched it with me thought it would be a weak “Smack My Bitch Up” imitation, but ended up finding this one much more disturbing. Let me know if you agree.

World Order – “Machine Civilization” (Dir. Genki Sudo)

Genki Sudo is a retired MMA fighter from Japan. He’s also a musician, choreographer, video director, author (he’s got eight books) and amateur baseball team owner. For now, let’s just focus on this insane, intricately-choreographed video he created for his band World Order. This is one of my favorite new videos this year, because of moments like this:
Genki Sudo Video

Paris Is Burning would be jealous of those hand moves. (via Antville)

SixToes – “Low Guns” (Dir. Henry Cowling)

This video was shot over seven seconds from the window of a train. Director Henry Cowling shot it at 500 frames per second and slowed it, creating this sort of eerie tableau of soldiers, dancers, and regular old commuters caught by the camera. It’s a simple but great idea — something about how much they’ve slowed down time makes each actor look as if they were cut and pasted in. (via Promo News)

Young Dreams – “Young Dreams” (Dir. Kristoffer Borgli)

Young Dreams is a Norwegian band who shares some of its members with Casiokids. You’ll notice this video shares some things with director Kristoffer Borgli’s clip for CasioKids’ “En Vill Hest” — the lonely, cool-looking house, the isolating snow outside. (via Promo News)

Diamond Rings – “It’s Not My Party” (Dir. Jeff Scheven)

Director Jeff Scheven has previously made clips for TV On The Radio and Dragonette. This video follows Diamond Rings main man John O’Regan for a terrible, lonely night out, getting punched, stumbling in his heels, drugging himself. There are scenes of O’Regan playing the piano while sporting a black eye, which connects the night scenes with O’Regan, the person, so that makes this one even harder to watch.

Katy Perry – “E.T.” (Feat. Kanye West) (Dir. Floria Sigismondi)

There are some rough parts to this video. But I’m surprised at how different this is for Katy Perry, a lengthy video with a cinematic opening you’d be more likely to see in a Lady Gaga video. I’m also surprised to see director Floria Sigismondi (who is behind all those jittery ’90s music videos, as well as the Runaways film) use the same decomposing fox footage that I first saw as a kid in the Nine Inch Nails “Hurt” video.

“Dogboarding” [Song Foster The People – “Helena Beat”] (Dir. DANIELS)

This isn’t a music video, just a fun short piece by directing team DANIELS (who directed one of my favorite videos, FM Belfast’s “Underwear” clip). (via Video Static)

Honorable Mention:

Kenton Slash Demon – “Daemon” (Dir. Dark Matters)

(via Antville)

The Dø – “Too Insistent” (Dir. Noel Paul [That Go])

Woodkid – “Iron” (Dir. Yoann Lemoine)

(via Promo News)

NSFW Video Of The Week:

Them Jeans – “Balloons” (Dir. Walter Robot)

(via Antville)