Taylor Swift allegedly ended her Instagram-perfect relationship with Calvin Harris over the phone. The timing of their demise neatly coincides with the release of his latest collaboration with Rihanna, ‘This Is What You Came For.’ Taylor has swiftly (ahem) moved on with Tom Hiddleston, aka Hollywood Hank Williams, and her nonchalant parading and kissing the inspiration for her next album has, frankly, left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. Taylor’s chaotic love life was similar to my relationship with the new music videos released this week. The first twenty seconds of songs and videos of independent artists and mainstream stars such as the return of Usher and Demi Lovato’s country debut with Brad Paisley were as torturous and attention grabbing as reading about Swift’s commitment issues. However, when a video was good it was definitely one that was worth sticking with.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – ‘Dark Necessities’ (Warner Brothers)
Red Hot Chilli Peppers remind me of a lot of really strange memories, mostly from pre-adolescent days. For this reason I was more than reluctant to watch their latest music video, but then that wouldn’t be fair to Anthony and the guys. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed certain elements of the video, mostly the decor and the skateboarding. The nostalgic haze of the ‘Dark Necessities’ video was directed by actress Olivia Wilde, which flummoxed me when I read that she was responsible for such a polished and well shot visual representation of the band. Played with the song muted, this is a nice way to enjoy the Chilli Peppers as they continue to make music and be shirtless.
The Tallest Man on Earth – ‘Time of the Blue’ (Gravitation)
Sometimes all you need is a simple video of the musician playing their song in the same kind of setting that it was conceived, presumably. ‘Time of the Blue’ marks a welcomed departure from what Kristian Matsson built his name with on his previous albums. Much like the video his sound has been pared back with a focus on the words being lulled by a majestic acoustic guitar. It’s an alluring love letter to make you want to buy a cabin in the Swedish woodland, and again look at wonderfully retro wallpaper.
Danny Brown – ‘When It Rain’ (Warp Records)
One of my favourite things about hip hop videos is that they remain timeless. This aesthetic trickles into the the messages of Detroit rapper, Danny Brown, a conscious artist making music to enrich his fans. Danny Brown is one of the more interesting figures in the contemporary hip hop scene, while most rappers choose to venture into side projects in the fashion world and build upon their image and brand, Brown announced last year that he was working on writing a children’s book. His inspiration was Dr Seuss and his thirteen year old daughter, the message was to promote and instil confidence in young black girls. It will definitely be one on my Amazon pre-order list, best enjoyed with his songs in the background.
And Finally… We’ve Got Love for You if You Were Dumped by Tay Tay…
Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna – ‘This is What You Came For’ (Sony)
Because, sometimes it’s nice to be appreciated and have a dance with your mate Rihanna in a room where images of the outdoors are projected and leaves cascade from the ceiling. This song will no doubt be played countless times during the impending Rio Olympics, it has that generic beat that goes perfectly with enthusiastic presenters. So apt is ‘This Is What You Came For’ for sports commentary that it has the potential for the making of a drinking game, anytime you hear the intro you can down a shot, adding an extra event to pick up the pace of the decathlon.