Peter Gabriel, Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon Soar In Top Music Videos Of The Week - September 17-23
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:52:01
Whether or not you like Lady Gaga, you can be sure that, when she drops a new video, it's going to be worth looking at. By now, we know that this is an artist who loves to make a statement visually, someone who takes the medium of the music video intensely seriously and will make sure we see something striking.
With "Perfect Illusion," which dropped this week, we get to see the good Lady in a jeep speeding around the desert, before finding herself in front of an audience where she leaps around without a care in the world. It's not "meat suit" crazy, but it's typically energetic and infectious.
There were other visual treats this week, with oldie but goody Peter Gabriel showing Gaga that she doesn't have the monopoly on arthouse music videos, and Kings of Leon showing her that they can also go for a journey while singing. We didn't have space for Nick Cave's video with Warren Ellis for Hell Or High Water track "Comancheria," or Sad13 (Sadie Dupuis from Speedy Ortiz)'s video for the song "<2" but trust us, they're great too.
Here are our favorites:
Peter Gabriel - "The Veil" - Directed by Kurt Mattila
Former Genesis man Peter Gabriel's new song "The Veil" was inspired by Oliver Stone's new biopic Snowden, and Sir Edward Snowden himself makes a cameo in the video. "As we become so visible in the digital world and leave an endless trail of data behind us, exactly who has our data and what they do with it becomes increasingly important," Gabriel said in a statement.
Lady Gaga - "Perfect Illusion" - Directed by Andrea Gelardin and Ruth Hogben
The video that everyone was talking about this week. Is Gaga hinting that she wants to play the Glastonbury Festival, as some have suggested? Is she dialing up the hype for a potential Super Bowl appearance? Either way, it's a great song and a strong video.
Tegan and Sara - "Stop Desire" - Directed by Allister Ann
The song is wonderful. Real life situation set to unrelenting melody with the ladies harmonizing perfectly over the top is the norm for them, and that's the case here. But the playful sexual innuendo is charming, if barely disguised at all. Somehow, the duo retains its air of sweetness.
Kings of Leon - "Walls"
Bit of a departure for the Kings of Leon, this one. Both in terms of the very country-rock ballad, and the video, which sees Caleb Followill sat in a chair playing an acoustic guitar, while the scenery changes around him. Nicely done.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff