White Reaper, Chromatics & Real Estate Step Into The Light In Videos Of The Week - May 26
Thu, 25 May 2017 12:13:08
Cartoon images, surreal dreams and dynamic duos populated our screens this week in video releases.
Lana Del Rey teamed up with The Weeknd to put a video to the title track whilst climbing on top of the Hollywood sign. Chromatics enter the dark, funny and frightening world of a magenta-lit Lynchian universe. Real Estate invite you to color in their stained glass shapes, while MØ dances with incredible style and grace in a Bulgarian bunker made of concrete and covered in vines. White Reaper stick their tongues into their cheeks and produce one of the most devious chess-cheating hot dogs you're ever likely to see.
So, without further ado, here are our videos of the week.
Chromatics — "Shadow"
This week TV audiences were returned to Twin Peaks, the surreal and often nightmarish world of David Lynch and Mark Frost. Along with the expectation and anticipation of audiences came the homages to the Lynchian style of rich-colored archetypical simplicity. Making a cameo in the second episode of the new series, Chromatics took to the stage of the small town's famous roadhouse. This video, for "Shadow" with it's magenta light and low burning energy, is set for the playlists of every Twin Peaks-themed party at the close of the season. Great stuff.
Lana Del Rey — "Lust for Life"
Lana Del Rey returns to the Hollywood sign — the location that she lived in during her album teaser — for the video of her album's title track. First shots establish Del Rey dancing in an American Bandstand-inspired TV set before she appears at the iconic landmark, which she climbs upon to meet friend and collaborator The Weeknd. They skip from letter to letter, as you would, they dance, and they marvel at the exuberance of life. It's a playful bit of iconography that sits perfectly in Del Rey's cannon of retro-facing pop.
Real Estate — "Stained Glass"
There's a naive simplicity to "Stained Glass" from Real Estate's new video, as the colors fall and complete the white spaces and black lines, which reflect, well — stained glass. Moments of low-key psychedelia will take music geeks minds back to the Beatles submarines — as disembodied heads fly through the landscape singing and smiling at the freedom of flight. It's a bewitching little offering that delivers well on the intention of a video you feel inclined to reach into and add colors yourself.
White Reaper — "Worlds Best American Band"
With a song that sounds like a stadium anthem, the energized take of White Reaper's "World's Best American Band" brings with it a sense of fun and uncomplicated emotions. In a world that brings a series of dislocating and sometimes confusing events — like a hot dog playing (and possibly cheating at) chess — the fuzzy animation and bleached colors keep the eye contained on stalks for the duration of a typically great sing-along track.
MØ — "Nights With You"
Danish pop star MØ released "Nights With You" last month, and follows that track with it's visual component now. Filmed in Bulgaria by director Bouha Kazmi, the uber-cool striking cinematography takes us through a series of poured-concrete monoliths, the kinds of which you can only get in that part of the world. Dancers strike poses, MO nails her moves and the colors and shapes that get thrown around are mesmerising in this oddly exotic location.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff