Danny Brown, Willie Nelson, & Charli XCX Soar In Top Music Videos Of The Week - March 31
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:47:44
Artists young and old grabbed the reins on the first full week of Spring and delivered some eye-popping eye candy for all to enjoy. Willie Nelson unveiled the extremely affecting video for "Old Timer" from his forthcoming album God's Problem Child. Meanwhile, young people take center stage in the video for Mura Masa & Charli XCX's "1 Night".
Jonah Hill took the directing chair for Danny Brown's "Ain't It Funny", and grabbed an all-star cast, including cult director Gus Van Sant. There is nothing laughable about the video, which takes a look at the dark world of addiction. Craig Finn, meanwhile, takes viewers inside a normal day in his life. And that was only the beginning for a week filled with fresh new videos.
Here are our favorites:
Danny Brown — "Ain't It Funny"
Danny Brown stars as Uncle Danny, a family member with a terrible drug and alcohol problem that the rest of the family seems to mostly ignore. It's some seriously dark stuff, fixed with a haunting child and a studio audience that doesn't understand the pain Danny is suffering through. Don't come in expecting the early 90s Full House-type esthetic it's shot in, this is an honest look at a major issue throughout our society that often goes ignored.
Willie Nelson — "Old Timer"
Willie Nelson is 83 and he knows it. Nonetheless he continues to create new music and tour, and, somehow, keeps getting better. "Old Timer" and its accompanying music video are impactful. On the track, Nelson sings about knowing his story is coming to a close, while in the video he hugs horses, records the song, and ponders memorabilia from dead friends.
Mura Masa & Charli XCX — "1 Night"
"1 Night" is beautiful. Each shot is comprised of both warm and cool colors, lighting, and feelings giving a glowing quality to the work about young romance. Like its subject matter, there is an illusory feeling to the situations found within the video, helping create the uncertainty discussed on the track and seen through the characters.
Craig Finn — "Tracking Shots"
Van rides, recording studios, album signings at record stores, it's all in a normal day's work for a professional musician. Former Hold Steady man Craig Finn is something of an underground legend at this point, but that hasn't stopped him from living the life he has to as someone fully invested in his art. "Tracking Shots" takes you inside his world, and it's perfect for any fans of the man.
Nick Hakim — "Bet She Looks Like You"
For ages, man has wondered what God looks like, and Nick Hakim has an inkling to that age old question. He sings, "If there's a God/ I wonder what she looks like/ I bet she looks like you." At the end of the visual, three generations of green-clothed black women surround a nativity scene and an image of a black child emerges. Hakim explained in a press release, "It's a music video that illustrates the scientific fact that god looks like Naima."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff