Music Videos of the Month

A giant game of musical chairs, a West Side Story dance-off with motorbikes, and a crazy evangelical preacher? Yep, they’re all right here in our Music Videos of the Month…

We kick off proceedings with an intense little number for De Staat’s track Witch Doctor, directed by Studio Smack, Floris Kaayk and Torre Florim.

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Next, is a beautiful, highly stylised film for The Yabba by Battles, directed by Roger Guàrdia. The production company is Canada.

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This video for Club Cheval’s Discipline opens in a classic house party, though things get really fun when it becomes apparent that there is a house-wide game of musical chairs taking place. Directors: J.A.C.K; Production company: Wanda Paris.

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The Libertines go dark in this video for Heart of the Matter, which is set at a peep show and sees a group of onlookers watch as the band attack themselves with weapons and drugs. A clever muse on the voyeurism and self-destruction that follows the band around. Director: Roger Sargent; Production company: Burning Reel.

https://vimeo.com/139943964

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Director Kévin Bray has created a trippy, possibly nausea-inducing video for Gwilym Gold’s track Greener World, which features some nice use of 3D-scanned visuals.

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This absorbing promo for Breathe by Sheep, Dog & Wolf features a series of vignettes focused on characters in intense (if fairly everyday) situations, from riding in the back of a fast-moving vehicle to holding their breath underwater. It’s beautifully shot by directing duo Thunderlips. Production company: Candlelit Pictures.

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Another abstract piece now, for Django Django’s Pause Repeat, which features some lovely visuals from directors Daniel Brereton and James Dixon. Production company: Wanda.

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We’ve seen gifs utilised in music videos before, though rarely as entertainingly as in this video for The Shoes’ Drifted from director Dent De Cuir. Production company: Caviar Paris.

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Everybody loses their legs in this post-heavy promo from Los Pérez for Gone by Jr Jr. Production company: Little Minx/grayskull.

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We’ve saved the most epic for last, with this glorious all singing-all dancing number from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for the track Downtown. The duo have directed the promo alongside Jason Koenig, and three production companies – M&RL Films, Vision Film Co and NxNW – have come together to pull it off. Some videos you just want to be in, and this is one of them.

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