Green Day, Young Thug & Okkervil River Feature In Top Music Videos Of The Week - January 20
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:23:54
It was quite the week for new music videos with artists from all over the music map unveiling new pieces of eye candy to expand upon their new songs. Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff directed the band's newest video for "Mary On a Wave", which features a heavy handed message via a little boy shooting arrows at business men. Lisa Mitchell took a look into herself through the emotional and gripping video for "Warhol".
Green Day celebrated Martin Luther King Day with the release of the video for "Troubled Times", which juxtaposes imagery of past rights battles with modern times. Young Thug skipped out on showing up for his video shoot for "Wyclef Jean", but nonetheless director Ryan Staake saved the day and turned in one of the most stunning videos of the year to date. And that was only the beginning for a week filled with sunning music videos.
Here are our favorites:
Okkervil River — "Mary On a Wave"
A wild child shooting arrows at businessmen wearing suits, lo-fi shots of Okkervil River performing "Mary On A Wave", and a goldfish. That basically sums up the bizarre and memorable new video from the Austin, Texas-formed band.
Lisa Mitchell — "Warhol"
Mitchell says of the song, video, and working with Vanessa Gazy:
"The song is slightly devastating for me, as it's about a betrayal… I kept having visions of all these past and futures ‘selves' coming to my aid, embodying me, as I fled, to an altar hidden in the forest, where I knew I would be welcomed by the spirit of the shrine, 'Warhol…' For surely he would understand this madness..?
"Back in the real world, I was stopped in my tracks when I saw a short-film of director Vanessa Gazy's (Foal,) which takes place at the edge of the forest in Australia where she grew up. I had an inkling she was the one who would direct this..! I hunted her down and sure enough, she resonated so strongly with it and agreed to take the reins! All my gratitude goes to her, for taking a little seed from this wounded time and growing this two-part wilderness that became very much her own; something incredibly layered with meaning for us both."
Green Day — "Troubled Times"
Green Day is strongly anti-Trump, and makes their stance clear in the video for "Troubled Times", which was released on Martin Luther King Day. In It, the video places images of famed protests next to images of figure wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat vomiting hate messages.
Young Thug — "Wyclef Jean"
Young Thug only appears in the video for "Wyclef Jean" for a moment — a shot of him eating Cheetos that Thug sent to director Ryan Staake two months after the shoot. Thug actually had some really great ideas for the video, but didn't appear for the $100,000 shoot and it doesn't matter at all. As the director says, "Maybe that's the moral of this story: None of this matters."
Strand of Oaks — "Rest of It"
Timothy Showalter, aka Strand of Oaks, went totally vintage for his new video for "Rest of It". It's pairs perfectly with the classic hard rockin' song it's made for, and that's all that needs to be said about it.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff