The National, David Guetta & Poppy Gain Views In Top Music Videos Of The Week - December 15
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:18:43
In the final week of full releases for 2017, a surprisingly generous number of established and emerging artists saved their best for last when it came to new music videos. Across the hip hop, pop, indie rock and electronic music worlds new clips have come dashing through the snow (or fires, depending on where you live this winter), eager to share seasonal cheer with one and all.
Vic Mensa showed that lyric videos could still be intense experiences. The National created a colorful accompaniment to the title track from the new album Sleep Well Beast. Social media star Poppy made a bid to follow in Cardi B's chart-topping ways, albeit on a very different musical path.
A pair of very different electronic music superstars debuted new clips at opposite ends of the release strategy playbooks — Moby announcing a new album (coming in March) with a somber black and white clip, and David Guetta finally providing official video visuals to match a collaborative single with Afrojack, Charli XCX and French Montana that has already registered more than 50 million streams.
So, without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's top music videos of the week:
The National — "Sleep Well Beast"
For the glitchy, minimalistic title track of their best-of-the-year-contender album Sleep Well Beast, The National deploy abstract imagery and pulsating color, mostly based on photography from Graham Macindoe. New York's Macindoe previously found fame via a documentary project where he took self-portraits during a year where he struggled with heroin addiction. Sparse, haunting and reminiscent of Radiohead at the disturbing best, this is appropriately affecting high note to end an amazing year upon.
Moby — "Like A Motherless Child"
In partnership with LA-based soulstress Raquel Rodriguez (who literally provides the only color in the otherwise black and white clip), electronic pioneer Moby announces his return to the rich vein of music which saw him dominate charts for the past 2 decades, selling more than 20 million albums in the process. Combining his own spoken verses with sung choruses re-imagining words from an old Southern Spiritual, the clip itself bounces from inside a plain studio to the most solitary of LA locations — the paved over river bed made famous in the ongoing series of Terminator movies.
Vic Mensa — "We Could Be Free"
Chicago rapper and Kanye + Gorillaz collaborator showcases the latest single from his breakout album The Autobiography with a nominal lyric video that pulls no punches. Says the artist: "I wanted to make a video to show solidarity with people struggling against oppression all over the world. I took scenes from the military occupation of a village I visited in Palestine and juxtaposed them with racial violence in America to show how similar our struggles are and imagine a world without division."
Poppy — "Beach Blonde Baby"
Mad Decent's own digital pop princess Poppy (aka YouTube star Moriah Rose Pereira) continues her assault on the upper reaches of the streaming charts with her latest effort, building on becoming the official Breakthrough Artist in September's Streamy Awards. Part Truly Scrumptious, part WonkaVision™ and part neon android, Poppy tells the tale of her pop life from a white throne, maternity ward, bedroom and soundstage over beats designed to grab hold of your ears tightly and never let go. Will this be the one that takes us all a step closer to poppy.world?
David Guetta & Afrojack + Charli XCX & French Montana — "Dirty Sexy Money"
Superstar DJ combo David Guetta and Afrojack called in the big guns for their latest single in of-the-moment vocalists Charli XCX and French Montana. Matched to the pounding beats and st-st-stutter step vocals comes a Baby Driver-style heist caper clip with our music heros deployed as crime boss, explosives expert, muscle and stylish getaway driver. Directed by Charli XCX and Sarah McColgan, this cash-throwing clip is so simply money, baby.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff