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.
Read more: The 20 best music videos of 2015
Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
The There Will be Blood director teams with Radiohead for his third (and probably best) music video of the last year, following Cool Dad Thom Yorke through memories – in homes and hospitals, schools and laundromats, the beach and the mountains – as Yorke yearns for a place to stop moving, sleep, dream and die.
‘Fool to Love’
Dir: Ollie Wolfe
Top Boy actor Ashley Walters runs from and shadowboxes his demons, giving a performance reminiscent of Rosamund Pike’s recent turn in Massive Attack’s ‘Voodoo In My Blood’ video.
Dir: Grimes & Mac Boucher
Grimes tends to a sculptor’s studio, plays on a Mondrian basketball court and stars as an all-American performer at a surreal country jamboree in the video for the (remixed) ‘California’. Mirrors and Hype Williams-esque letterboxing abound.
Dir: Dennis Vera & Mattematrix
Deadboy’s decidedly throwback Unknown to the Unknown track gets an equally throwback video that conjures memories of the primitive 3D animation on which Generation X was weened.
‘Come 4 Me’
Dir: Tyler Mitchell
A short-but-sweet clip from Awful siren Abra, who serves as a lookbook seductress in a series of primary colored spaces. More please.
James Blake feat. Bon Iver
‘I Need A Forest Fire’
Dir: United Visual Artists
In a 3D black box, a revolving light illuminates fossilized remains and brings them back to life as James Blake and Justin Vernon loom in the shadows.
Dir: Martin C. Pariseau
Kaytranada builds a robot friend (complete with green-tinted HUD) and teaches it to dance, play basketball and live life as the pair explore Los Angeles. Surprisingly touching!
‘Red Alert / 100 Roses’
Dir: Jon Riera
Most 360° virtual reality videos have left us dry, but Cartier and company take full advantage of the field of vision and a few different settings, crashing cars and opening a portal in the sky.
A$AP Mob feat. Juicy J
Dir: Shomi Patwary
A$AP Mob revives the purple-tinted psychedelia of the early A$AP Rocky videos, albeit with a higher budget and a better sense of humor. Digital artifacts are used as effects and transitions in a way that will have viewers checking their internet connections.
‘Like I Would’
Dir: Director X
The former One Directioner puts in his colored contact lenses, pours himself into a Tron suit and heads to the laser light show. The contrast between Zayn’s blue-green zone and the dancers’ red room is visually interesting, but the video comes off like a laser tag birthday party rather than “adult” and “serious.”