Ok Go, Sam Smith, & Jay-Z Deliver In Top Music Videos Of The Week - December 1
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:59:13
Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is just around the corner, but this week, musicians did not let 2017's penultimate month end without unveiling some of the finest visuals of the year so far.
Ok Go once again delivered an eye-catching set of visuals. Sam Smith continued to unveil the visuals for his melancholy tunes. Jay-Z, meanwhile, unveiled three poignant new music videos.
Sufjan Stevens celebrated turkey day by unveiling the self-directed clip for the title track off his recently released mixtape. Dita Von Teese started her music career by delivering her debut single. And that was only the beginning, so without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's top music videos of the week:
OK Go — "Obsession"
If there is such thing as a music video band, Ok Go is it, and this week they unveiled the visuals for "Obsession". Singer and video co-director Damian Joseph Kulash Jr. said of the clip, "This song is about how our most intense and complicated emotions are also our simplest and most universal. Obsession is so overwhelming and perplexing, but it's also so binary and basic — everything's normal and then suddenly it's not. For the video, we wanted that same idea: take the simplest thing and just revel in how powerful and not-simple it really is. And animation is that — it's just one picture on one piece of paper, then another, and then another, and somehow that progression turns into a whole universe. So we tried to create the physical version of that universe, a room where the walls can change into anything you imagine, but everything is made of just one piece of paper following the last."
"And what a pleasure it was to collaborate with this team. Working with Yusuke was incredible, and we've been wide-eyed fanboys of Rizomatiks and Elevenplay (and Daito and Mikiko) for years, so this was a real dream come true. We learned, again, that the simplest ideas are always the hardest, and this team made miracles happen. We're so thankful that Double A gave us this opportunity, not to mention the paper that inspired the whole thing!"
Sam Smith — "One Last Song"
Sam Smith's one-take video for "One Last Song" was directed by Joe Connor and filmed at the Palladium in London. The singer's sophomore album, The Thrill Of It All, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart last month and finds Smith working once again alongside close friend and long-time collaborator Jimmy Napes plus Timbaland, Malay, Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd and Stargate.
Jay-Z — "Marcy Me"
On Black Friday, Jay-Z surprised fans by unveiling three videos for tracks from his most recent album, 4:44. Our favorite of the bunch is "Marcy Me". In the Ben and Joshua Safdie-directed clip, a young boy is sent on a snack run by his friends, and ends up being pursued by a helicopter.
Sufjan Stevens — "The Greatest Gift"
Sufjan Stevens celebrated Thanksgiving by releasing a self-directed video for "The Greatest Gift" from his recently released mixtape of the same name, which features a collage of religious leaders and others. The mixtape includes unreleased outtakes, remixes, and iPhone demos from Stevens' 2105 album Carrie & Lowell, which also received a live album and concert film earlier this year.
Dita Von Teese — "Rendez-vous"
Former Marilyn Manson wifey, Dita Von Teese, started her music career this week with the release of her debut single "Rendez-vous". The burlesque dancer and icon worked on her upcoming album with French musician Sebastien Tellier, whose wife, Dean de La Richardière, penned the new track, and says it's "about a woman taking control of her freedom, and of her hunger for pleasure."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff