But wait! There’s more!
Oliver Clark – Atomic Thrust
He’s the man with the sexiest voice in comedy and suits that could make Paul F. Tompkins look like a hobo. Yes indeed, the housewives’ choice Oliver Clark is one for the ages. For the title track of his new album, he decided to put his pelvis to the test; subsequently delivering one of the flat-out funniest videos of the year.
Blood Orange – Chamakay
In which Devonte Hynes goes home. Well, in a traditional sense, anyway. Visiting Guyana for the first time ever, Dev makes his way around the beautiful area and connects with the townsfolk. Parallels can easily be drawn with frequent collaborator Solange‘s wonderful video for Losing You, but not even that can match the tender beauty of seeing Hynes meet and speak with his grandfather for the first time ever. Stunning.
They Might Be Giants – You’re on Fire
They’ve been getting weird since before you were born and they show absolutely zero signs of slowing their roll. Here, they give a spin to the opening track on their sixteenth(!) album, allowing some mince meat to take lead vocals while the gorgeous Lauren Lapkus from Orange is the New Black dances around the kitchen preparing to send it to its impending doom. Because of COURSE that’s what they would come up with.
Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
A lot of people have asked me about this one. Where do I stand? What do I make of it? Now, I’ll be the first to admit it needed an editor, and maybe some restraint on the more… shall we say… ‘out there’ moments. When she’s staring straight down the barrel of the camera, though? I simply cannot deny it. It’s gripping, and it’s honest, and it’s the most real that we’ve ever seen the girl born Destiny Hope Cyrus.
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
What an exciting time to be an AF fan. As the band bravely venture into what may be their weirdest album to date, we’re treated to what may be their weirdest video to date for the album’s title track. Late-night roadtrippin’, mirror suits, giant paper-mache heads, tricked-out caskets… I mean, I’ll be damned if I know what it all means at this point. It looks pretty amazing, though; don’t you agree? What a thrilling video.
Fall Out Boy feat. Big Sean – The Mighty Fall
The saga continues. This year, Fall Out Boy have been releasing music videos for every song from their Save Rock & Roll LP; following a conceptual story about the four members and a secret briefcase which has contents only they (and the villains of the series) know about. There’s been aspects of Stockholm syndrome and Clockwork Orange-esque ultra-violence thus far, and the madness continues here with some all-new characters. Kudos for keeping them guessing, boys.
The Polyphonic Spree – Let Them Be
Following on from the parallel universe of the You Don’t Know Me video, the Spree get animated on the second video from their excellent Yes, It’s True. album. Director Ben Rowe takes the song into a lush dreamscape, enlisting the help of dozens of creepy-crawlies, frogs, aliens and what appears to be an avocado. No, really, it’ll all make sense once you’ve seen it. Well, okay, I won’t make any promises…
Moby feat. Wayne Coyne – The Perfect Life
Oh, come on! It’s Moby and Wayne Coyne in mariachi suits. What joy! What pure, unadulterated awesome have we found ourselves with? If you don’t get a smile out of this one, your heart is dead as dead can be. That’s all that can be said!
“You move around, you say goodbye to them…”
Oh hey, it’s The Polyphonic Spree! Gee, you guys are looking well. Really well. Is that a new haircut? And you’ve lost weight – wow, you’re down to sixteen members! Very slim. I just have to introduce you to the gang – guys, this is the Polyphonic Spree. You probably remember them from around the mid-2000s – the robes were bright and colourful, the songs were bright and colourful and their 2004 album, Together We’re Heavy, was an unstoppable beast of sunshine. They’ve been a little quiet as of late, but we’re very happy to have them back with Yes, It’s True., their first studio album of original material in about six years.
This right here is the lead single as well as the opening number to Yes, It’s True. Director Albert Moya takes us into a world where the adults are long gone, but it’s not in a juvenile blink-182 sort of way. In fact, one adult remains – but you’ll find out about that later. Our story centres around a young woman, seemingly locked away in some sort of self-imposed solitary confinement. It’s not long before she descends into cabin fever and her apartment begins to get torn up. She’s out, onto the street and bound for a bizarre underground club. Some shit’s going down here, but initially it’s not going to be all to clear exactly what that is. All I can tell you is that it’s only going to get stranger from this juncture.
The dark overtones and the confronting imagery are really not becoming of a band as bright and technicolour as TPS. Realistically, this isn’t a clip that should work. And yet, like light to the flies, I can’t help but be engrossed by this surreal alternate reality. I guess it’s as definitive a comeback statement as you’re likely to see this year.