9 Excellent Videos You Need To Watch… Now
From three deadcrushes conjured up by a supercomputer in a post-apocalyptic world, to a David Lynch-esque motel room soiree.
Words by Hayley Franklin
alt-J – ‘Deadcrush’
As if their songs aren’t already fascinating enough, alt-J have released another truly captivating video for their latest single ‘Deadcrush‘. “Lee Miller, Anne Boleyn and Sylvia Plath – our three deadcrushes – are conjured up by a supercomputer in a post-apocalyptic world” – explains alt-J. The choreography is thorough, bizarre, thought-provoking and striking, telling a story of strife, anguish and power. Combined with expansive shots, recurring circular imagery and cinematic lighting, this is one clip that demands the replay button. alt-J will be on our shores this December, don’t miss out.
Vance Joy – ‘Lay It On Me’
Melbourne sweetheart Vance Joy has returned with a soaring brassy track ‘Lay It On Me‘ and along with it he has delivered a stunning video, thanks to acclaimed U.S. director Mimi Cave. Set in an illogical landscape where rooms change, eras change and the woman of Vance Joy’s unresolved romance (played by a familiar face from Westworld, Angela Sarafyan) also changes, the colourful clip showcases the emotional turmoil of romantic sacrifice. It’s dramatic stuff but it’s worth it for the close up of Vance Joy’s sweet doe eyes. Vance Joy is set to play two intimate headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney this November, details here.
City Calm Down – ‘Blood’
City Calm Down have dropped a retro video for their latest single ‘Blood‘. Born out of the madness that is balancing full time work and recording with the band, the track is a reckless ode to exhaustion that seems to be riding on one last shot of energy. As the beat pounds on and the song grows, the video of the band playing in front of a projection of themselves becomes more glitchy, sun-tainted and colourful, almost as if the technology around them is getting pretty tired too. City Calm Down are hitting up six capital cities on their national tour really soon, find your closest show here.
The Creases – ‘Is It Love’
How often do you try to go to The Tote but end up in some kinky BDSM den? This is the conundrum that The Creases tackle in the new video for their boppy single ‘Is It Love‘. Directed by Dylan Duclos, the video has the rockers accidentally play to a hesitant crowd at ‘The Choke’, but of course they all get converted to The Creases’ ridiculously catchy ways. The Creases are headlining a national tour this September, check here to make sure you don’t end up in the wrong venue too.
NOIRE – ‘Real Cool’
Slick Sydney two-piece NOIRE have released a quirky clip for their latest track ‘Real Cool’. Taking inspiration from Western films, David Lynch and cult-flick Texas Paris, the duo alongside co-director Nick Mckk created a mesmerising, slightly odd performance in an old motel room. The particularly bold lighting sees the room turn striking shades of green and red as the lyrics appear on an analogue TV screen and the warbling guitar, synths and vocals lull us into a strange dream. NOIRE’s debut album Some Kind Of Blue is out on September 29.
Gordi – ‘On My Side’
Gordi has released a sandy video for her brand new single ‘On My Side‘. Set on a beach where Gordi saves a man washed up on the shore, the video, directed by Kris Moyes, features many stunning close ups of sludgy sand, smeared make up and water flowing on skin. It’s a tender accompaniment to the intimate but luscious new track, and has us looking forward to her debut record, that’s set to drop on August 25.
Bliss n Eso – ‘Moments’ ft. Gavin James
“Proud to present the new edit of our ‘Moments’ video featuring some special real life moments from us and YOU our beloved fans. A big shout out to everyone that submitted their photos and videos, we’re sorry we couldn’t get them all in there but we had thousands of submissions.” Explained the MCs via Facebook.
They’re currently tearing through Australia on a mega tour, making all new moments for themselves and anyone who sees them.
Jack River – ‘Fool’s Gold’
Jack River has released a hyper-aesthetic clip for her latest sparkly track ‘Fools Gold‘. These are just some of the images you’ll see within it’s 4 minutes: Jack River in a sequin jumpsuit, a retro bowling alley, roses through a film camera, a glitter bath, someone dancing in a pool of leaves, someone else having their head shaved in the street against the sunset, dancing men in gold body paint – and all of this eclectic beauty fits together perfectly. Don’t believe me? Watch it for yourself here.
I Know Leopard – ‘Let Go’
I Know Leopard have released a sensitive, retro-tinted video to accompany their addictive new dream pop single ‘Let Go‘. Produced by OPANPAN, the video follows an adolescent boy as he explores his boundaries in the search for power and freedom. What sounds like a coming-of-age film is actually more like a collection of sweet bike shots, nuanced landscapes and the band singing knowingly from an old TV.