When musicians indulge their love of mini movies and score 'em, it can be a wonderful thing. Below are eight very different, very successful short films with great scores by some musicians we're very into. Watch out, though: some of these are very NSFW.
Rubber Johnny (dir. Chris Cunningham, music by Aphex Twin)
After spending ten years giving us some of electronic music's most indelible images, the pairing of Chris Cunningham and Aphex Twin ended the only way it could: in an orgy of sticky, nauseating body horror that loosely follows a wheelchair bound drug addicted experiment and his terrified pet dog.
Wildcat (dir. Kahlil Joseph, music by Flying Lotus)
These two blew our minds last year with Until The Quiet Comes, and round two is even more emotional and politically charged. Wildcat is a tender, reverent document of an all black rodeo in the American heartland, with a gritty and empowering gaze that soars above most of its feature length peers.
Rush of Blood (dir. Carson Cox, music by Dave Vassalotti)
A Lynchian nightmare where the everyday and not-so-everyday feel equally menacing, Rush of Blood is our second favorite collaboration by Cox and Vassalotti, after their post-punk group Merchandise.
Scenes From The Suburbs (dir. Spike Jonze, music by The Arcade Fire)
To a cynic, getting Spike Jonze to make a video for Arcade Fire might seem like a recipe for flattened twee souffle. But hey, cynics: you're a total drag.
Spit Gold Under An Empire, (dir. Emily Kai Bock, music by The Underachievers, Angel Haze, Mykki Blanco, and more)
An almost too-short short on New York's resurgent rap scene featuring some of its key players freestyling, and directed by one of the best working music video directors.
Broken (dir. Peter Christopherson, music by Nine Inch Nails) NSFW!!!
This grusome snuff film based on NIN's Broken EP was pulled by Vimeo 48 hours after we originally posted about it, so that should give you an idea of how unrelentingly grisly it is. Very violent stuff.
Kanye West, “Runaway” (dir. Hype Williams, music by Kanye West)
Nothing could prepare us for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West's best, richest attempt at capital A artist status. But Hype Williams' ridiculously ornate half hour promo definitely heralded the diamond tornado on the horizon.
Waterpark (dir. Evan Prosofsky, music by Dirty Beaches)
Prosofky pays tribute to his town's admittedly ridiculous shopping mall with the help of some tunes from the Badlands bruiser himself.