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 Freestyles and Confessions needs.
‘That Other Girl’
Iran-born, Netherlands-based singer-songwriter Sevdaliza sings about operating from another world on ‘That Other Girl’, and Pussykrew have brought that world to life, intricately detailing a hyperreal space where Sevdaliza lives in a technorganic palace and her Instagrams are hung in a gallery.
Dir: Aaron Vinton and Pete Puskas
After teaming with Pomp & Clout for 360-degree and POV videos, Awful delivers their most ambitious video yet: a glitched-out, virtual reality emulation of the Barrio and the whole crew that is inspired by Final Fantasy (which is also the name of Ethereal’s latest album). Is Awful Records: the video game next?
Dir: Miley Cyrus
Miley continues to explore her oral fixation, gargling glitter paint, bathing in milk and smearing candy on her face in the psychedelically pornographic video for the pot-and-beats Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz opener. Stick around for the trance outro!
King Midas Sound / Fennesz
Dir: Paul Clipson
Inspired by the textures and tones of ‘Lighthouse’, director Paul Clipson filmed and edited this disorienting clip in-camera. “The guitar tones and surface textures of the track, the expansive breadth of the sound, suggested to me city surfaces of grids, graphs, geometries, and lines, with layers of subterranean streets evoking multiple levels of consciousness,” he writes.
Dir: Stephen Garnett
A sweaty, workout-ready Tinashe shuts down traffic with a Ciaraesque dance routine in a Los Angeles tunnel, combining ‘Bet’ and ‘Feels Like Vegas’ in one jaw-dropping video. If this is the “End of Era I,” we can’t wait for Era II.
Dir: Canela Blue Roan & Jam City
With a muted color palette, Jam City and Canela Blue Roan look at power (the Queen, banks) and death (statues, graveyards, skulls), reminding the viewer — among other things — that “time will outgrow their monuments.”
‘What Do You Mean?’
Dir: Brad Furman
Justin Bieber, John Leguizamo (!) and newcomer Xenia Deli live out a neon-noir fantasy that only makes sense in Bieber’s fame-addled brain: stage a kidnapping so you can surprise your girl with a dance party at a skate park!
Kwamie Liv feat. Angel Haze
‘Pleasure This Pain’
Dir: Baby Duka
Angel Haze teams with Danish singer Kwamie Liv for ‘Pleasure This Pain’, a moody ballad illustrated with simple, stark animation that climaxes with an anime-style gun battle.
Dir: APJ Films
After just two songs, the all-female Chicago rap supergroup has faced the same tired criticisms you’d expect, and ‘No Reason’ finds the foursome firing back at their critics — bitter rappers, internet trolls and “keyboard killas” are tied up and disposed of posthaste.
‘just a lil’
Dir: Elliot Holbrow
We’re fudging the rules by including a FACT TV production, but who cares: the year’s best house jam has a theme-park-filmed video and we’re all about it. Sudanim, Gage, Finn and ISLAND show up as a reminder that no matter how nostalgic the video treatment or the tune itself — this is very 2015.