It was the week that erupted with the return of Radiohead. After a five year absence that was met with collective exclamations of approval from fans and music writers, alike. Without intent this week’s selection of new music videos is unified by time, its passing and the importance of that interim which provides reflection and inspiration to create new sounds. Similar to popular belief that when you wait and wait for one bus to come, only to be suddenly overwhelmed by the arrival of several, we have been spoilt this week with the return of artists who have always simultaneously made time come to a halt while making the journey go too quickly to enjoy one more song.
Radiohead – ‘Burn the Witch’ (XL Recordings Ltd.)
Radiohead almost broke the internet with more gravitas than the combined efforts of the Kardashians by garnering a frenzied and vast media appraisal of their triumphant return with ‘Burn the Witch.’ The video’s aesthetic equals in excellence, it’s hard not to be endeared by anything stop motion especially when it evokes a nostalgia for the shows that you rushed your homework to watch when you were younger. Sinister acts of ritualistic sacrifice, town corruption and eery felt costumes make for a fun tribute to The Wicker Man, a version that won’t give you nightmares.
The Kills – ‘Heart of a Dog’ (Domino)
Another band returning in 2016 with eagerly awaited new material is The Kills. ‘Heart of a Dog’ is the current single from Ash & Ice, their forthcoming album which follows, spookily, fives years after the inimitable Blood Pressures. Mosshart and Hince exude nonchalance as they amble poolside and flick through notebooks documenting their other artistic outlets. The video reminds us of the compulsive listening that ensues with their music, a testament to their brilliance and the loyalty of their fans, ahem.
Chris Cohen – ‘As If Apart’ (Captured Tracks)
One of the more underrated videos and singles to be release this week comes from Chris Cohen, a quintessentially Californian music-maker and contributing member of Deerhoof, Cass McCombs and briefly to Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. The lo-fi production of this video permits your attention to focus on the multi-layered instrumental elements of the song, which instantly buries itself into your consciousness where it will remain for stuck on repeat in your brain hours after you listen to it. Enable the full screen option and it will feel like your being treated to a personal performance by Cohen and co.
Lord Huron – ‘The World Ender’ (Play It Again Sam)
Lord Huron released their sophomore album, Strange Trails in April 2015 and it was met with a credible, yet underrated response. A year on and they have just released the latest single from the album, ‘The World Ender.’ Quite literally back from the dead, in the video that is, and spurred by serving retribution in the deserted plains of southwestern America, we follow the strong silent protagonist, outfitted in leathers and a sleek haircut, as he hunts the aged Stetson wearing corporation-crook, who is about to meet his faith. The cinematic narrative, directed by Ariel Vida, brings vitality to the Americana folk sounds of Lord Huron which will, no doubt, trigger a desire to sit down with season one of True Detective this weekend, it’s that good.
Amason – ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ (INGRID)
I couldn’t resist including Amason’s cover of Foreign’s iconic, ‘I Want to Know What Love Is,’ not because the rendition is particularly amazing but because the video is so remarkably astounding on so many levels. The storyline coupled with the crisp cinematography nearly disguises the video as a compilation of advertisements transitioning from a mobile network, to beer, a fuel efficient car of some description, and then wine, perhaps. My bafflement and furrowed brow relaxed as I thought about the concept. To many people the authenticity of love is often called to task, as is the existence of Bigfoot. Our protagonist portrays the obsessive lengths love takes us in our desperation to find out, as the song suggests, what love really is. In the space of 4 minutes and 51 seconds we discover that, in this particular instance, it is destructive and cold.
Radiohead – ‘Daydreaming’ (XL Recordings LTD.)
PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON. RADIOHEAD. Enough said, really.