Welcome to FACT’s weekly video round-up.
As we note at the end of every year, music videos have never been better. But too often, music videos — along with documentaries, live sets and interview clips — get lost in the shuffle of news and new music.
With that in mind, FACT is doing what it does for mixes, mixtapes, vinyl and more: rounding up the internet’s best videos on a weekly basis. And to remove our bias, we won’t be including our own content — you’ll have to stay tuned to FACT TV for all your Against The Clock, FACT Freestyle and Big Narstie needs.
The House That GAHM Built
Dir: Mike Ellwood
Awful’s resident rhythm-and-creep maven turned his last EP into a short film, matching his back-masked ballads with purple haze, Christ-like journeys, stunning Aurora Borealis projections and a tour of the eerie (and titular) house. Highlight ‘Set Me Off’ is the perfect finale, with Slug Christ, RichPoSlim, a handful of gun-toting women and a descent into the dark.
‘She’s Not Me’
Dir: Jenny Lewis
The ex-Rilo Kiley frontwoman parodies the roles of her career as a child star, enlisting friends Zosia Mamet, Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Feist and Leo Fitzpatrick (from Kids, to make you feel old) for a light-hearted, pastel parade.
‘Titans x James Dean’
Dir: Monty Marsh
The artist formerly known as Dawn Richard shares two videos in one: the denim-to-diamond dance routine of ‘Titans’ and the smoky, sexy clip for new single ‘James Dean’. Both will have you wondering why she isn’t a star yet.
‘Cause I’m A Man’
Dir: Dan Dipaola & Megan McShane
Tame Impala’s latest slice of pop psychedelia comes to life thanks to half-a-dozen puppeteers. If you’re going to reference a musical in your video, Avenue Q is the place to start.
‘P’s & Q’s’
Dir: Nathan R. Smith
The Chicago rapper is on his Blackalicious steez in the slow-motion clip for ‘P’s & Q’s’; Jenkins stays cool and moves forward as everyone else — the flame-throwers and confetti-tossers — move in reverse.
Todd Terje feat. Bryan Ferry
‘Johnny and Mary’
Dir: Brantley Gutierrez
Terje and Ferry’s Robert Palmer cover finds new life as a melancholic, black-and-white clip. Shot at iconic L.A. locales Chateau Marmont and Wolf’s Lair, this one is heavy on Hollywood theatricality.
Dir: Grant Singer
The Weeknd and his date survive an ugly car crash (with explosion!) in the Hills, making it back to what looks like a lolita bordello in a mansion. Never change, Abel.
Flume feat. Andrew Wyatt
Dir: Clemens Habicht
Shot over one night at the Sydney Opera House, Flume’s ‘Some Minds’ video follows its protagonist as he floats through the empty venue, his ballet routine as warped as Flume’s beat.
Lil Mama is back! ‘Sausage’ is a mess of ideas and references, an overloaded Brooklyn block party heavy on classic rap, R&B and pop throwbacks (and contemporary hits like ‘IDFWU’ and ‘Flicka Da Wrist’). But it’s fun, and we’ll always have a soft spot for the ‘Lip Gloss’ rapper.
‘The Night Is Still Young’
Dir: Hannah Lux Davis
Hannah Lux Davis is quickly becoming the go-to director in the mainstream pop-rap-R&B space, and she crafts a neon night-out for Nicki’s ‘Starships’-ish ‘The Night Is Still Young’ (with the Eastern fetishization that is perhaps this year’s biggest trend).