We have counted down October’s most outstanding videos, the ones that have set the tone this month, from 10 to 1. We started with Lana Del Rey and finished with the (hilarious) top of the mountain.
October of 2012: a month that has already slipped through our fingers. November is here, but before moving ahead, we have taken a moment to stop and look back on the best things that have happened to us recently as far as video clips go, a format that we take a special interest in with our “Audio & Video” section. Here is the final selection of the ten audiovisual works that have stood out the most over the last four weeks.
10. Lana Del Rey: “Ride”
In “The Paradise Edition” of Lana Del Rey’s much-trumpeted debut album, we can find this “ Ride” , which already has its own video. In the piece, lasting ten minutes, the new diva of melodramatic pop is trying to make up her mind between the love of three very different men. Whatever her haters may say, this is one of Lana Del Rey’s best songs and video clips to date.
9. Death Grips: “True Vulture”
Death Grips are known for their taste for unconventional video clips. In the one for “ True Vulture” they have collaborated with artist Galen Pehrson, a project promoted by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. The result is an old-fashioned animated piece that combines a tender aesthetic and twisted theme, including nods to the controversial artwork of the group’s last two albums.
8. Sharon Van Etten: “Magic Chords”
Although Sharon Van Etten’s excellent “ Tramp ” has already been out for several months - since February, to be more exact - the video to the heartfelt “Magic Chords” has only just come out now. In it, the Brooklyn singer-songwriter becomes a timid peasant whose imagination leads her to see herself surrounded by motionless naked bodies.
7. Solange: “Losing You”
As we told you a few weeks ago, Solange is back with the catchy “ Losing You”, co-written and produced by Devonté Hynes, alias Blood Orange. Coinciding with the release of the single, out today on digital via Terrible Records, its video, directed by Melina Matsoukas is out now, too. As inspired as the song itself, the clip, shot in Cape Town (there are sapeurs outside of the Congo, too), confirms that the little Knowles sister is back through the front door.
6. Rhye: “The Fall”
LA duo Rhye have just premiered the video for their excellent single “ The Fall”, on which the use of the piano and strings are vaguely reminiscent of Röyksopp's salon electronica. Its video, directed by Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen, talks about the tribulations of adult life, with a cast made up of familiar faces from Danish cinema.
5. Connan Mockasin: “Faking Jazz Together”
A dense forest and Connan Mockasin’s spectral retro pop are the stars of the video for “Faking Jazz Together”, in which a very particular form of white magic is performed, including levitation. The release of the video coincides with the good news of the vinyl reissue of “Forever Dolphin Love”, a very limited-edition purple plastic record, alongside – also a very limited number of – Erol Alkan’s acclaimed remix for the album’s title song, which will go with another, done by Coyote, on the flip side.
4. Two Fingers: “Vengeance Rhythm”
Two Fingers, Amon Tobin’s resurrected project, has premiered a video for " Vengeance Rhythm", a track not included on his latest double album "Stunt Rhythms", but digitally available here. Tobin asked animator Chris Ullens to put images to the powerful beat, and he turned a peaceful play room full of puppets into a Tarantino-style slaughterhouse. You have to watch the video until the end to get it, because there's a catch. Not suitable for children.
3. Sigur Rós: “Varðeldur”
With Irishwoman Clare Langan’s work for “ Varðeldur”, Sigur Rós have gone back to the original course of their “Valtari Mystery Film Experiment” after the double digression of the final phase of their video contest that was open to public participation. The 13th episode in the series explores “the fragility of the human condition, frozen somewhere between life and death. A human figure and water defy the laws of gravity. There is no clear distinction between dream and reality and the space that the film and the music create becomes a submersive world” .
2. Vitalic: “Stamina”
Vitalic proposes shock treatment to get rid of excess fat. In the video for “ Stamina ”, directed by Saman Keshavarz, slim pills only work if you avoid all fast food. If you still give in to temptation, you'll have to deal with the consequences.
1. Die Antwoord: “Fatty Boom Boom”
If the lyrics of Die Antwoord’s “ Fatty Boom Boom” rail against the current state of rap, in the recently premiered video to the song, the victim of their sharp sense of humour is no more or less than Lady Gaga. The singer stars in a “colourful African adventure” in which she manages to escape from an attempted robbery. As she later wanders the streets, she ends up visiting a gynaecologist so that… well, it’s better if you watch it for yourself.