Our first music video round up of 2014 features promos for Drenge, Matthew & The Atlas, and Emiliana Torrini, plus two new videos for Disclosure, and a clip of Chris Cunningham’s forthcoming documentary about Warpaint.
We open with the first Disclosure promo, a smart piece of work directed by Emile Sornin for the track Grab Her. The vid features a brilliantly horrible David Brent-esque boss who repels everything he touches, from office equipment to people. Production company: Division.
Sticking with Disclosure, here’s the second promo for the band, this time directed by Kate Moross, and featuring animation by Ruffmercy. The video is for a new version of F For You, featuring Mary J Blige. We’ve seen this mix of animation and live action before of course (in fact here’s another fine recent example also by Ruffmercy, for Tidus) but it’s beautifully executed here.
Moving on from Disclosure, here’s a narrative video for Pale Sun Rose by Matthew & The Atlas. Directed by Neil Coxhill, it stars Boardwalk Empire actor Charlie Cox as a fisherman who hauls his twin (dressed as a businessman) out of the sea. It’s a dreamy and absorbing tale. Production company: Kleos Productions.
Sheffield band Drenge team up with directing collective Never Ending Fun once again for their new release, Fuckabout. Shot in a country manor, it features curious scenes involving a series of Rube Goldberg-esque sculptures. Never Ending Fun also shot the video for Nothing for the band.
Shynola are the directors behind this promo for Emiliana Torrini track Tookah. The Icelandic singer appears as a disembodied head floating in water in this beautiful animated film. Production company: Black Dog Films.
We finish with a project that is not strictly a music video but instead a clip from a forthcoming documentary on the band Warpaint, shot by promos legend Chris Cunningham over a two year period. Fans of Cunningham’s previous work may feel slightly disappointed here as instead of his unique brand of dark discomfort, this clip suggests an interesting, but more conventional docu, filmed while the band made their latest album. This was intentional, according to a recent interview with the director in NME, where he commented: “It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to make a music video in a traditional way, so a video diary is more appealing to me. I thought what might be interesting would be to film stuff in this big way and make a surrealist thing.”