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The 7 Best Videos Of The Week

This week we’ve got new videos from Death Cab For Cutie, Teams vs. Star Slinger Staring Problem, and Britney Spears, among others. It was a pretty hard week to find videos, but I’m happy with these, especially the more narrative clips from directors Peter Serafinowicz and Mirka Duijn.

Death Cab For Cutie – “You Are A Tourist” (Dir. Tim Nackashi)

Director Tim Nackashi likes a challenge — he directed a one-take clip for OK Go and a 360-degree video for Craig Wedren. This video for Death Cab For Cutie was shot and streamed live, in one take. There are performance elements, but it’s not just a performance clip — there are choreographed dances, background actors, etc, that would make it tricky. I don’t see many bands attempting the same thing, but it’d be great to see if more musicians try more complex ideas for their live performances on SNL or Fallon.

Alex Metric and Steve Angello – “Open Your Eyes” (Ft. Ian Brown) (Dir. Peter Serafinowicz)

You might remember this director from his boy band bloodbath video for Hot Chip’s “I Feel Better.” He’s also the star here, playing a down-and-out boxer who challenges an unbeatable robot opponent. There are lots of Rocky-esque training montages leading up the the big fight. And like the Cut Copy video, this one has some gross surprises. (via Promo News)

Staring Problem – “Stoked (Robbie)” (Dir. Chris Lagarce)

Director Chris Lagarce uses just one special effect in this clip for Staring Problem, but it works a lot like the song: it’s simple and compelling. There’s a small twist to this video too, so watch to the end. (via Promo News)

Bart Constant – “Do Better” (Dir. Mirka Duijn)

Amsterdam-based director Mirka Duijn created this sweet narrative video that looks as if it were filmed inside a former Communist country.

Honorable Mention:

Teams vs. Star Slinger – “Close To Me” (Dir. Jordan Kim)

Travis Porter – “Bring It Back” (Dir. Todd Angkasuwan)

(via Video Static)

Britney Spears – “Till The World Ends” (Dir. Ray Kay)

NSFW Video Of The Week:

Colourmusic – “You For Leaving Me” (Dir. Matt&Oz)

(via Antville)