David Bowie, Peter Silberman, Lil Yachty Soar In Top Music Videos Of The Week - January 13
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:02:18
It's already turning out to be quite the year in music videos. Both Sia and Major Lazer dropped new videos last week, and this week somehow went even bigger with a new David Bowie video being released. "No Plan" comes us as part of an upcoming Bowie EP, also titled No Plan. Meanwhile, Sting communed with nature and called for climate sanity in his new video for "One Fine Day".
Peter Silberman of The Antlers is releasing a solo album, Impermanence, February 24th, and this week debuted a new track, "New York", from the album, as well as a staggering music video. Lil Yachty was determined to forget the winter chill that covers much of the United States right now, and released a video for "Shoot Down The Roof" from his Summer Songs 2 mixtape. And that was only the beginning for a week filled with stunning new music videos.
Here are our favorites:
Sting — "One Fine Day"
"The future is just a place we've never been," sings Sting at the beginning of "One Fine Day". Despite the optimistic sounding opening line and beautiful animation, the song has a sense of uncertainty as the rocker discusses his worries regarding climate change. It's the colorful imagery paired with the peril being discussed that makes it a video worth watching.
Peter Silberman — "New York"
It's probably best to let Silberman describe the song and video, ""New York" is a lament for a relentlessly impermanent place. It's a song of estrangement from streets that became unrecognizable in no time, and the end of a dissociation from sounds I'd come to ignore.
"I've strung together this video from collections of footage archived in the public domain, from open-sourced memories of an obsolete city that maybe never was.
"Through reorganizing these aimless images, I found a story of flight from crowded cacophony, a quiet struggle against New York's stubborn gravitational pull, and a memory just beyond reach."
David Bowie — "No Plan"
The video for "No Plan" debuted after the premiere of a BBC documentary "David Bowie: The Last Five Years", just one day before what would have been the artist's 70th birthday.
In the Tom Hingston-directed, rows of televisions sit on display in a store called "Newton Electrical" — a reference to Bowie's character in "The Man Who Fell To Earth" and "Lazarus". Mesmerized onlookers stand in the window, watching the images that are distorted by rain. On the screens images of bird, and space travel — another of Bowie's favorite themes — are shown.
Hifi Sean — "In Love With Life" [ft. Yoko Ono]
The video for Hifi Sean's "In Love With Life" is filled with bright colors and joyous animation. Yoko Ono speaks about the beauty she sees in the world as the electronic track dances along in the background.
Lil Yachty — "Shoot Down the Roof"
In the video for "Shoot Down the Roof", Lil Yachty and his crew dress in matching white uniforms to shoot paintballs at a wall in an all white room. They also dance around with colorful balloons. Classic Lil Yachty.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff