Great New Music Videos
We've had some great music videos sent into CR Towers lately - here's some of our favourites. First up a dark and compelling little number from director Nabil for Antony & the Johnsons...
The track is Cut The World, and the video features an excellent performance from Willem Dafoe, as well as a cameo appearance from performance artist Marina Abramovic.
Next up is an elegant and mysterious video by Ryan McGinley for Sigur Rós, as part of their 'Valtari Mystery Films' project, in which they invite directors to make films for the songs on their new album, with no brief or instructions from the musicians. This promo accompanies the track Varúo.
Tom Waits describes the video for his new track Hell Broke Luce, which is directed by Matt Mahurin, as "uplifting and fun". We'll let you be the judge of that...
This next video won a competition held by Saatchi & Saatchi to create a new video for a James Brown song. Xavier Fauthoux was the winner, with this animated film for It's A Man's Man's Man's World. The runners-up can be viewed online here.
Director James Frost takes viewers on an animated psychedelic trip in this video for My Morning Jacket track Outta My System, which features a cameo by Zach Galifianakis as an evil wizard.
The Pet Shop Boys' new video, Winner, by directing team Surrender Monkeys, is set in an all-girl roller derby and tells the story of transgender skater Dirty Diana and her initiation into the team. Production company: Colonel Blimp.
Continuing the sporting theme that we've all been embracing lately is this brilliant video for Major Look by Bass Generation (feat. Ragga Twins), which sees food fighting elevated to an Olympic event. Director: Paris Zarcilla.
Here's the latest video for Japanese band Androp from Party. More straightforward than the creative group's previous promos for the band, this one shows them simply playing in a studio, but with a little RGB trickery thrown in.
Music video fans with Sky subscriptions will be aware that Bug, the renowned music video night hosted by Adam Buxton, is now appearing on Sky Atlantic in television form. Among the highlights of Bug are Buxton's own songs and videos, so to finish this week's round up I give you his track Party Pom Pom, directed by Dougal Wilson, which is a joy to behold. More info on the TV show is here.
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Willem Dafoe copped it while I was half way through my sandwich, bit strong!
Yeah a little warning would've been good there CR!
Deliriously happy to see that Tom Waits' definition of 'uplifting' is very much as to be expected. Hero.
One video promotes murders, another one transvestism, which is mental disorder. World, what happens with you?!
Some nice vids! quite like the Tom Waits one.
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