Our pick of November’s best music videos, with visuals from Blood Orange, Mykki Blanco and Cashmere Cat
Dancers feature heavily in this month’s best music videos, with Cashmere Cat and Blood Orange both emphasising stylish choreography in their new videos. Elsewhere, Mykki Blanco’s video for “Loner” is a sensory overload, and Wild Daughter recall an era of excess in their video for “Get Gone”.
BLOOD ORANGE – “I KNOW”
In the meditative visual for Blood Orange’s Freetown Sound highlight “I Know”, Dev Hynes visits New York’s Gibney Dance Center and practises a semi-choreographed dance routine with Russian ballerina Maria Kochetkova. The video, directed by Hynes himself with photographer Tracy Antonopoulos, matches the song’s crystalline, minimalist elegance. It’s simple and effortlessly stylish, and the decision to shoot on film gives the video a sober and grounded quality.
CASHMERE CAT – “TRUST NOBODY” (FT SELENA GOMEZ & TORY LANEZ)
Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat’s latest video is simple but elegantly executed. Directed by Jake Schreier, it opens with a straightforward choreographed routine before pulling back to show that there are – quite literally – more layers to the video than meets the eye. It’s a very physical visual, not just in the movement of the dancers as they fall from the platforms, but even in the setting: you can see the harsh winds on the performers’ clothes, and you can feel how punishing it must’ve been to get this done in a single take.
MYKKI BLANCO – “LONER” (FT JEAN DEAUX)
Mykki Blanco’s “Loner” video is a collaboration between many different, disparate parties: porn-streaming site Pornhub produced it in collaboration with fashion label Nicopanda, NYC filmmakers Anthony&Alex directed it, Chicago CGI artist Sam Rolfes added animation, and Chicago guest vocalist Jean Deaux makes an appearance on-screen. It’s a crowded field, but it pays off in the maximalist imagery. Fitting with the song’s title, the video is themed around isolation, with VR-strapped extras imposing their own exclusion from one another.
SERPENTWITHFEET – “FOUR ETHERS”
The first video from NYC singer serpentwithfeet’s blisters EP was made by CRUDO, a collaboration between music photographer Timothy Saccenti and visual effects supervisor Alvin Cruz. Like serpentwithfeet’s music, the “Four Ethers” video is a mixture of the classical and contemporary, drawing inspiration from Japanese dance form butoh along with more contemporary motifs like moshing, as well as analogue effects created in-camera and digital post-production.
WILD DAUGHTER – “GET GONE”
The 70s is experiencing a bit of a revival right now, with bands like The Lemon Twigs and Savoy Motel drawing from this forgotten period of rock history and previously maligned genres like glam going through a critical reevaluation. ‘Garage kink’ band Wild Daughter are the latest to channel this spirit with the raucous “Get Gone”. Sarah Piantadosi’s video recalls the era by portraying the band as hedonistic rockstars running wild in grotty south London. It was shot on a Super 8 camera lent to her by acclaimed music video director and former Jesus & Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart, and draws inspiration from the films of Peter de Rome, Bruce LaBruce, and Alan Clarke.