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: Romain Gavras
Supposedly containing no CGI or 3D effects, Romain Gavras (director of M.I.A.’s iconic ‘Bad Girls’ video) cast over 400 extras – and a handful of albino actors – and shot in the Chinese ghost town Tianducheng, using the drama of ‘Gosh’ to soundtrack a post-apocalyptic tale with messianic overtones. Reminiscent of GENER8ION and M.I.A.’s 2015 video ‘The New International Sound Pt. II’, which also relied on staggering numbers of Chinese performers.
Dir: Phil Collins
Parquet Court are transformed into disheveled puppets, performing (and drinking) their way through ‘Human Performance’ while a pair of rubber-faced puppets explore their kinks.
‘Shut Up Kiss Me’
Dir: Angel Olsen
Beneath a silver tinsel wig, Angel Olsen campily overacts in convertibles, dive bars and roller rinks, asking the camera, “Do I need to give more attitude?” We think she gives plenty.
Dir: Floria Sigismondi
Star Trek super-fan Rihanna dons the makeup and dress of an interstellar priestess before becoming a nebula unto herself in the kaleidoscopic video for this Sia-penned soundtracker.
‘Janie in Love’
Dir: Marissa Nadler
Marissa Nadler self-directed ‘Janie in Love’, a monochromatic collage that cuts together blown-out footage and stop-motion animation of sand faces and detached limbs (that Nadler also animated).
Playboi Carti x Uno the Activist
In the video for the verse-less ‘What’, Carti and Uno crash an upper class dinner party whose old white guests go from “disgusted” to “ready to party” in a minute flat.
Dir: Icey Jace Film Factory
Dancehall star Spice goes Fast & Furious in the video for her latest smash, ‘Indicator’. In between shots of a car race, expect a lesson in twerking before the loser hands over the pink slip.
Dir: Devonté Hynes
Dev Hynes pairs his latest quiet storm ballad with a visual tribute to New York. Like his music, the video seems like a forgotten project crafted during the ’80s – Dev and friends (including Julian Casablancas) jam in a loft, vogue in the park and party on rooftops.
Maal & Morris
Maal and Morris debut their collaborative project with a video as subtle as the song itself. Serene shots of Japanese street traffic and cherry blossoms transition to intimate portraits of Maal’s performance.
Day In the Life of Diplo
Dir: Brandon Dermer
Diplo toys with the idea of “Diplo”, casting James Van Der Beek to play him in this promotional clip. The joke’s on Diplo: it turns out everyone in his employ – harpists, strippers, beatmaking elves, social media staffers – hates his guts. Still, he gets the last laugh, defeating a horde of ninjas before riding off on a white horse.