Cass McCombs – “Brighter!” (feat Karen Black)
Cass McCombs has been releasing a video a week this month, illustrating the breadth of emotional terrain his magnificent fifth record covers. The visual for “Big Wheel” is a riot of manipulated shots of real life from the streets of China and the USA coated with delirious effects, but the most stirring piece of the series is “Brighter!”. It's directed by Stephen Eckleberry, widower of the legendary Karen Black who featured on this song. In a deeply touching tribute to Black, projections of her cinematic works clothe McCombs in Eckleberry’s memories of her.
Glasser – “Shape"
A vivid, digital realisation of the architecturally-themed song from Cameron Mesirow’s astounding recent record Interiors. Mesirow was aided by the Creator’s Project and director Jonathan Turner to create this hyper-real projection of her experiences of spatial anxiety to life. The singer’s digital incarceration in a morphing home upon a glass sea is simultaneously a thing of beauty and terror. You can read Ruth Saxelby’s conversation with Glasser about the themes of this album here.
Eyedress – "Teen Spirits"
Rising Manila artist Idris Vicuña (aka Eyedress) self-directed this video which celebrates the heady days of love and loss that rule your teens. Here the emotional devastation caused by being dumped by your BFF is channelled into a murderous plot. It should feel darker, but the gun-toting, lady killer looks too cute to fear, even with her crazy glazed eyes. The multi-talented musician keeps the motifs of grotesque masks and ultrabright colours going that he used in his last video premiered on Dazed - We really hope he makes a whole series of these twisted tales, oh and a heap more of these Italians Do It Better-sounding tracks.
Damon Albarn – "Everyday Robots"
Aitor Throup’s digital rendering of Damon Albarn’s naked skull forms a striking, multifaceted and original portrait of the prolific musician. The video merges Albarn’s love of cutting-edge technology with his passion for the historical, creating a statement on the solo artist as a creature. Pretty fitting, now that Albarn ventures forth alone for the very first time. You can watch an interview with the avant-garde menswear designer on taking on the creative directorship of Albarn’s record here.
The Acid – "Basic Instinct"
The unlikely trio of British DJ Adam Freeland, US electronic music maestro Steve Nalepa and Australian folk singer turned techno-head Ry X launch their publicised personas and first proper release with this incredible visual collaboration between LA artistic collective WIFE and directors Ry X and Dugan O’Neal. The astounding aerial ballet partners perfectly with the calamitous intensity of emotion rushing through “Basic Instinct”.
Patten – "Drift"
An intriguing montage of stock footage gives a reflective vibe to the maverick producer’s new single, “Drift”. Fragments of natural life emerge before us, becoming a race around the earth which grows ever more frantic as the song nears its crescendo. A subtly thought-provoking piece by artist Jane Eastlight as part of her ongoing collaboration with Warp's new signee.
King Krule – "A Lizard State"
A black and white, topsy-turvy take on a simple performance piece that highlights the anachronistic feel of (a very dapper) Archie Marshall's music. The wunderkind needs little more than a sharp suit and a guitar to make a lasting impression (to be honest just the tunes would do) but this video makes sure we get how very in control Marshall is of his own destiny whatever way the world spins around him.
Holly Herndon – "Chorus"
Experimental electronic artist Holly Herndon enlisted Japanese artist Akihiko Taniguchi to create this captivating digital animation which explores the surrounds of humble IRL desktops. Tanuguchi adds elements of decay as well as capricious character to these mundane areas we inhabit daily. A pretty prescient piece considering these basic, but seemingly vital windows into the world are now known to be revealing our most private behaviours. You can read more about their collaboration here.
Arthur Beatrice – "Midland"
Director Olliver Hadlee Pearch casts an unlikely pair of dancers as lovers in this dramatisation of the tumultous end days of an affair, where the London band themselves occasionally appear to mourn this bleak scene as statue-like overlookers. It’s a sorry situation made into an engaging three minutes by unexpected settings and visceral physicality. If only all of us looked so graceful during a domestic.
Kwes – "Rollerblades"
Kwes meets a tragic end at the hands of his rollerskating friend, Tocino, before returning to exact elemental revenge. Ian Pons Jewell's disquieting visual matches the sorrowful, eerie synths underscoring this cut from Kwes’ transcendent debut LP for Warp.