We open this month’s selection with a hypnotic piece of film from director Akihiko Taniguchi to accompany the track On & On by Cumhur Jay. The promo sees photo scans of a man – presumably the director? – dancing in a CGI universe that includes rudimentary beach, forest and street scenes, all in perfect time to the track. And as he grooves on, he begins multiplying – it’s all curiously compelling.
Track: On & On by Cumhur Jay; director: Akihiko Taniguchi
One of the most talked-about videos this month is up next: Romain Gavras’ incredible film for Jamie XX’s Gosh. You’ve probably already seen it, but it’s still worth another look. Remember too that it supposedly features no CGI, so all those people were really there doing that.
Track: Gosh by Jamie XX; director Romain Gavras
New Zealand-based directing duo Thunderlips are behind this witty if unnerving video for Two Door Cinema Club’s track Are We Ready? (Wreck), which sees lyrics from the song repurposed as cheesy ads while the singer’s face slowly falls apart.
Track: Are We Ready? (Wreck) by Two Door Cinema Club; director: Thunderlips; Production company: Good Egg
Next up is a rather heartbreaking – but still gently funny – little film for the song Molly by Lil Dicky (featuring Brendan Urie of Panic! At The Disco, who plays an amusing bit part in the story as the wedding singer). I won’t give away what happens, just give it a watch.
Track: Molly by Lil Dicky (feat. Brendan Urie); director: James Lees; Production company: Doomsday Entertainment
Another darkly funny number for you next, this time from director Quentin Dupieux aka music producer and filmmaker Mr. Oizo, who has created this grim reaper saga for Metronomy’s track Night Owl.
Track: Night Owl by Metronomy; director: Mr Oizo
And from darkly funny to just plain dark, with the video for Óveður by Sigur Rós, their first release for three years, directed by Jonas Åkerlund. Brace yourself, this one is both disturbing and by the end quite gory, but features an amazing performance by dancer and choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir.
Track: Óveður by Sigur Rós; director: Jonas Åkerlund
To cheer you up, here’s some more dancing, but of a more cheerful kind, brought to you by an incredible boy dancer from Moldova. I love the washed-out feel of the film too – great work from director Noaz Deshe for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Track: Wake Up The Sun by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros; director: Noaz Deshe
War photographer, and regular PJ Harvey collaborator, Seamus Murphy shot this compelling and beautiful film of ordinary life in Afghanistan to accompany her track The Orange Monkey.
Track: The Orange Monkey by PJ Harvey; director: Seamus Murphy; production company: JW Films
Director Ryan Staake plays with time slice photography to create the unusual visual effects in this video for Clams Casino featuring Vince Staples.
Track: All Nite by Clams Casino feat. Vince Staples; director: Ryan Staake; production company: Riff Raff
We finish with a bang with this surreal, mad trip into the southern states of America courtesy of director Fleur Fortune (of Fleur & Manu fame). The film accompanies the return of Aussie favourites The Avalanches with their first track for 16 years – and Fortune has certainly delivered a worthy comeback promo here.
Track: Frankie Sinatra by The Avalanches; director Fleur Fortune; production company: Division