Top Videos Of The Week, April 18-22
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:44:04
News this week is that youth network MTV is plotting a return (or more appropriately, "comeback") to music-based programming. Does this mean, like, more music videos? We'll just have to wait and see. Meantime, we've compiled the week's most compelling vids for you here. Happy Friday!
Rihanna, "Needed Me"
It's not the most obvious collaboration, but Harmony Korine has a way of popping up where you'd least expect him. More predictably, though, "bikinis and big booties" abound here in true Spring Breakers style, but the filmmaker's always questionable vision goes toe-to-toe with Rihanna's fierce aesthetic.
Beverly, "South Collins"
Jim Larson directs this dark, vaguely sinister video of a track from the Cocteau Twins-indebted Brooklyn duo's upcoming album, The Blue Swell. Shot in hypnotic slo-mo, it features vocalist Drew Citron looking something like a specter-y Julee Cruise at a ‘70s hippie party in the Hamptons. Drone addled and spooky, it's a great introduction to this emerging shoegaze act.
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions, "Isn't It True"
In an era rife with ‘90s nostalgia, we love this sepia toned vintage image reel set to Sandoval's feathery vocals and a simple acoustic guitar. Consider this your time capsule back to the ‘90s when Sandoval (as Mazzy Star) and the likes of The Sundays and the Innocence Mission ruled college radio, or even further back, to a pre-digital era that now seems like an alien planet.
Run The Jewels, "Love Again"
RTJ continue to capitalize on the more tongue in cheek aspects of their themes. Directed by Ninian Doff, this is an explicitly entomological love letter between a flower and a bee, and all the "foreplay" that precedes pollination. It's something like a hip-hop, tricked out Planet Earth, where David Attenborough's curious-toned narration is replaced with Killer Mike's visceral MC skills.
Brandy, "Beggin & Pleadin"
In this speakeasy-styled video, the R&B goddess conjures a persona similar to that of Roxie Hart, her continued role in the musical Chicago (running April 26 through May 1 at Los Angeles's Pantages Theatre). It's a perfectly raucous, bar-brawling vehicle to express her powerful, lusty vocals, and with a summer world tour planned, strongly hints at the upcoming, yet-to-be-named seventh studio album.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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