NYC video crew BRTHR have remixed the video for Doldrums‘ 2012 single, the frenetic knot of digital interference that is “She Is The Wave”.
They’ve taken the video (which we premiered back in November—just sayin’) and ramped up the dreamlike surrealism of director Emily Kai Bock‘s original vison, reshaping it into a searing piece of effects-heavy, fast cut, acid-scorched weirdness. It’s a technique which is quickly becoming their trademark.
As a bonus, you can stream Doldrums’ forthcoming album Lesser Evil in full below. The album is out now on Souterrain Transmissions.
Here we are once more with the latest dose of cool new music videos from around the globe. This week features the likes of The Crystal Ark, Nicki Minaj, Boody&Le1f and, without a doubt one of the standout videos of the year, Björk’s infamous “Mutual Core” extravaganza:
#1 Bjӧrk – Mutual Core, directed by Andrew Thomas Huang
Björk’s “Mutual Core” clip is a truly badass video with a dangerous beat and stunning visuals on top. I can see why so many folks see this as video of the year.
#2 Fun Adults – Sap Solid, directed by Dan Jacobs & Huw Thomas
Leeds-based 4-piece Fun Adults have unveiled the video for “Sap Solid”, taken from their Sap Solid/Acacia 7inch single, out now on Tough Love Records. Lovely.
#3 The Crystal Ark – We Came To, directed by Viva Ruiz
Gavin Russom and Viva Ruiz’s project The Crystal Ark doesn’t stop moving. Here’s their latest strike, a post-sci-fi video made by Viva herself.
#4 Nicki Minaj – Freedom, directed by Colin Tilley
Nicky says: “I wanted it to feel timeless and classic, so it was important that we established a very intense backdrop for all of the setups.” Enjoy above.
#5 Dominik Eulberg – Die blaue Sekunde, directed by decollage.tv
According to the director’s website, it’s a projection inception: “visuals projected onto a wavy sheet of Aluminium, filmed and then again (digitally) projected onto 3D metaballs and bubbles.”
#6 Sebastien Schuller – Nightlife, directed by Emily Kai Bock
Director Emily Kai Bock and cinematographer Evan Prosofsky team up again after previous collaborating on Grimes’ Oblivion music video and the latest Doldrums vid. In this new video the visuals match Sebastien Schuller‘s song perfectly as we follow two girls through the nightlife of Miami.
#7 Wundercastle – What’s going on
#8 Clean Bandit – Nightingale, directed by Clean Bandit
Clean Bandit are a collective of musicians who mix elements of classical, hip hop and electronica. And surprisingly it works extremely well. Oder?
#9 Boody & Le1f – Soda, directed by Sam Jones
#10 Gaslamp Killer (ft. Dimlite) – Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun
Here’s the trippy, sick and very surreal video by Los Angeles hip hop and electronica producer Gaslamp Kiiller. It’s off his debut full length Breakthrough.
#11 Angel Haze – Love Of My Life, directed by Arnaud Muller
Up-and-comer Angel Haze reworked Erykah Badu‘s “Love of My Life”, taken off her Classick Mixtape: moody track and video – love the VHS effects.
#12 Maxxi Soundsystem feat Name One – Regrets We Have No Use For
Hypercolor strikes back with the latest video from Maxxi Soundsystem, here collaborating with Name One.
#13 Profligate – Videotape, directed by Robert Beatty
Not not sure. Without a doubt NNF was one of the most inspiring labels two years ago. Now, it feels like we’ve seen enough screensaver vids and revisited enough 90s music to last a while. New identity needed.
The last time we saw Toronto powerdelic-pop group Doldrums, they were opening for Grimes at Berlin’s famous Berghain club. Fitting then, that their latest video is directed by Emily Kai Bock, the same director who gave us the fantastic, world-of-her-own video for “Oblivion”. While her latest video may not make us drop our pants the way we did while backup-dancing for Claire Boucher, it does make us drop our jaws with happiness. “She is the Wave” finds bandleader Airick Woodhead struggling to push a shopping cart full of technology across the desert. The ski boots he’s wearing don’t help much, but the arrival of a cat-car speeds things along. The only question is: where can we get one of those for ourselves?
Here’s the 70th edition of your beloved music video column V I D E O D R O M E. Lean back, relax and browse through some visual joy with the likes of Sky Ferreira, Jens Lekman, Azealia Banks, Grizzly Bear and many more.
#1 Choy Lin – Fishing, directed by Fishing
This trippy, cut-out paper video is cheeky and psychedelic, as is this ethereally lovely song.
#2 Sky Ferreira – Any Kind of Pressure (feat. Jamie Lidell)
If you were wondering where America’s soul has gone, it’s in Europe! Sky is amazing as always, and if you want more Jamie head here for a live clip of Mostly Robot playing live last month in Budapest.
#3 Red Axes – 19
Since Bot’ox appeared in the music game some years ago, the Swiss labe I am a cliché label is on my radar. The next aspiring band on their roster is named Red Axes and they just dropped this nice found footage video. Waiting for more.
#4 Jens Lekman – Become Someone Else’s
Swedish indie pop musician Jens Lekman’s new album I Know What Love Isn’t came out recently, and today his video for “Become Someone Else’s” was released. I like it.
#5 Von Haze – Suicide High directed by Donald Andrews
The UK shoegazers have a beautiful new video for a track off their equally beautiful upcoming LP Kar Dee Akk Ake, out on Pendu Sound on Halloween.
#6 Azealia Banks – Luxury, directed by Clarence Fulle
Not sure what this Nicki vs. Azealia beef is all about, but I’m firmly on Team Banks (aka Team Talent).
#7 Grizzly Bear – Yet Again, directed by Emily Kai Bock
Grizzly Bear have returned with another stunning album full of their usual distinctive harmonies and twinkly guitars. Here’s their new video for “Yet Again”, directed by Emily Kai Bock of Grimes-fame.
#8 Sky Ferreira – Everything is Embarrassing, directed by Grant Singer
Sky again, this time with “Everything is Embarrassing”.
#9 Andrea – Another
Here’s ”Another,” the latest track from Andrea. This sexy experimental track samples and distorts vocals from ”My Love” by every girl’s (former) crush Justin Timberlake. The first comment on this video reads “99% porn” so you’ve been warned. The video is obviously (slightly) NSFW.
#10 Solange – Losing You, directed by Melina Matsoukas
Dev Hynes produced post-pop anthem for Solange Knowles, directed by the one and only Melina Matsoukas.
#11 Bat For Lashes – All Your Gold
This video just got me all hot and bothered. Even in black & white, Bat for Lashes will take all your gold. Love Natasha Khan. Long live the Queen.
Claire Boucher‘s music is not really fitting for mega events. The artist better known as Grimes just released her new music video for ‘Oblivion’ (off the album Visions), and it seems as if she was playing the self-irony card with this Emily Kai Bock directed clip.
Shot on location at football games, a motorbike rally, and locker rooms the video shows Grimes dancing and singing along to her dreamy synth pop song while everyone else is having a hell of a time at their respective sports events. We sure agree that ‘Oblivion’ is an unresistably great song, but it’s no stadium rock either. Watch the clip for ‘Oblivion’ below: