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The Best Videos Of September According To PlayGround

From 10 to 1, ten of the clips from last month that deserve special attention

We’re looking back at the ten most outstanding videos of September, the ones that have set the standard for the month, from 10 to 1. We’ve started with Calvin Harris (and Florence Welch) and count down to the top.

September 2012 is already history, and – after the summer slow-down - it left us with some real gems in all of the creative sectors of music. Now we’ll focus on video clips, with a final selection of the ten most outstanding audiovisual pieces of the last four weeks.

10. Calvin Harris: “Sweet Nothing ft. Florence Welch”

You don't need to be a rocket scientist to know that “ Sweet Nothing”, the recent collaboration between Calvin Harris and Florence Welch, will be one of the feel-good hits of this autumn. Even more so with a video like this one, in which the leader of Florence + The Machine takes the lid off her androgyny and turns into a diva of sordid Britain. Directed by Vincent Haycock.

9. Naomi Punk: “Burned Body”

Captured Tracks has just signed a trio from Olympia, WA, answering to the name of Naomi Punk. On 20th November, the label will reissue their first full-length, “The Feeling”, released last April on Couple Skate Records in a limited edition of 300 vinyl LPs. The New York label has now cranked up the PR machine to make sure the band's music reaches a wider audience, starting with the brilliant video for “ Burned Body”, and a free download of the same track. If you’re lacking money, then creativity is the key.

8. Wilco: “Sunloathe”

It seems that Wilco have developed quite a taste for promoting their latest songs through animated videos. While, a few months ago, they used Popeye for the video for Dawned On Me, for “ Sunloathe” they used some adorable monsters that aren't as fierce as they may look. The video is directed by Peter Glantz with the designs of Nathaniel Murphy.

7. David Byrne & St. Vincent: “Who”

Courtesy of NPR, we were able to offer you an early taste of “Love This Giant”, the album arising from the collaboration between David Byrne and the soul of St. Vincent. Now all eyes are on the album’s first visual postcard, directed in black and white by Martin de Thurah, for “Who”, the first single. The album has been out since 10th September through 4AD.

6. Flying Lotus: “Putty Boy Strut”

Until The Quiet Comes” by Flying Lotus has just been released. The Brainfeeder boss decided to release the video for "Putty Boy Strut", one of the tracks on the album, beforehand, and once again, it's an animated one. In this case, the brain behind this nightmarish robotic world and its all-swallowing star is British animator Cyriac.

5. Sigur Rós: “Seraph”

Faithful to their bimonthly pace, Sigur Rós now present the ninth episode in their “Valtari Mystery Film Experiment” series, in which the Icelanders gave a series of creators the same tight budget to develop visual accompaniments for the songs on their recent album, “ Valtari”, without any type of guideline or supervision from the band. “Seraph”, takes fragments of two of their songs, “Reumbihnútur” and “Ekki Múkk”. At the wheel this time are Dash Shaw and John Cameron Mitchell, director of cult films such as “Hedwig And The Angry Inch” and “Shortbus”.

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4. Jessie Ware: “Night Light”

With “ Devotion” climbing up the ranks of musical elegance week after week, Jessie Ware decided to give her album a new push with the video for “ Night Light”, in which she lets herself be adored by dancers and a lovey-dovey couple at sunset (among those appearing in the video are Jessie’s real-life boyfriend and her sister, actress Hannah Ware). Another lesson in class by the British singer. Directed by Chris Sweeney.

3. ALT J: “Something Good”

Brits alt-J have seen a new peak in their popularity these days thanks to their recent nomination for the Mercury Prize. Maybe to take advantage of this push, they wanted to share the video clip for “ Something Good” with their fans; it is a somewhat artistic portrayal of the battle between a torero and a bull in a bullfight.

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2. Sigur Rós: “Ekki Múkk”

With the premiere of the new video for “ Ekki Múkk”, directed by Nick Abrahams, Sigur Rós' “Valtary Mystery Film Experiment” reaches its tenth chapter. The piece follows a man played by Aidan Gillen (who you'll know from his part as a dubious politician in “The Wire” or as the charismatic Littlefinger in “Game of Thrones”) walking through the English countryside. On his way, he meets a talking snail (voiced by folk singer Shirley Collins). Pastoral beauty.

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1. Flying Lotus: “Until The Quiet Comes”

Brits alt-J have seen a new peak in their popularity these days thanks to their recent nomination for the Mercury Prize. Maybe to take advantage of this push, they wanted to share the video clip for “ Something Good” with their fans; it is a somewhat artistic portrayal of the battle between a torero and a bull in a bullfight.

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