Thirty Seconds To Mars, Bjork, And Fall Out Boy Take Action In Top Music Videos Of The Week - November 17
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:47:48
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The stark realities of today's world shone bright in many of the new music videos released this week. From stark documentary films to visual hard resets, the clips that accompanied both new and previously-released music present a look at how artists have chosen to respond to our current world and times.
Jared Leto and Thirty Seconds To Mars decided to educate the masses, while Fall Out Boy hosted a raucous Halloween party. Bastille unveiled a preview for how the world might end up if things keep deteriorating at this pace, with a little help from rapper and movie star Will Smith. De La Soul demonstrated their resolve to keep up the fight, while Bjork meditated on the meaning of it all, aglow with pearls and flowers, dancing in the bright white light.
Here then, are ARTISTdirect's top music videos of the week:
Thirty Seconds To Mars — "Walk on Water"
Jared Leto spent the last Fourth of July exploring America and documenting the process for his upcoming documentary, A Day in the Life of America. Now he and Thirty Seconds To Mars have released a video for their first new song in four years featuring clips and statistics revealing the extent of the nation's diversity. The politically oriented visual educates the viewer as the song's chanting brings the message home. It's a video every kind of person can enjoy and learn from.
Björk — "Blissing Me"There's nothing that anyone can compare Bjork to, except Bjork herself. The singer's newest clip features everyone's favorite Icelandic nymph wearing elaborate make-up and face paint, decorated in flowers and pearls and performing an interpretive dance while singing the track's lyrics against an all-white background. It's mesmerizing, beautiful, contemplative and captivating — everything we expect to find more of on her brand new album Utopia, due out next Friday, November 24.
Fall Out Boy — "Hold Me Tight or Don't"
Halloween may seem like a blurry haze by now, but Fall Out Boy revisit the holiday in the video for their new song, "Hold Me Tight or Don't". The track will feature on their upcoming album, Mania, and in the video, the band performs in a manic Dia de los Muertos masquerade party. Pete Wentz said of the delayed LP, "It feels like every once in awhile, you've gotta do a hard restart that clears the cache and erases the hard drive." We can understand — we've certainly lost terabytes of memories at parties like the one featured in this clip.
Bastille — "World Gone Mad"
Bastille released a startling video to accompany their contribution to the soundtrack of Netflix's new film, Bright. Will Smith stars as a cop in the dystopian world of World Gone Mad, a reality where humans and fantasy creatures live side by side. In Bastille's interpretation of the alterna-future, singer Dan Smith strolls through the world as it is consumed by violence. It's a haunting image and a song for haunting times, both future and present.
De La Soul — "Royalty Capes"
De La Soul's newest video begins with the revelation that Dave, aka Trugoy The Dove, aka David Jude Jolicoeur, is battling congestive heart failure to the extent that he has to don a vest with the ability to shock him back to life. "Royalty Capes" follows the group as they travel on tour in support of their 2016 album, And the Anonymous Nobody, featuring crowd shots, cityscapes, and spoken word poetry. The result is a powerful statement making it clear Dave and the rest of De La Soul are willing to do whatever necessary to fight to continue bringing their message and music to the world.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff