Full Screen is our rumination on the remarkable music videos of the day. Today, Solange continues her A Seat at the Table conversation with two new videos, The Dirty Nil go back in time, and Radiohead pretend to be casual.
Solange, "Don't Touch My Hair" / "Cranes in the Sky"
After surprising us with A Seat at the Table, Solange treats two cuts to videos co-directed by her filmmaker husband, Alan Ferguson, and herself. The downtempo power anthem "Don't Touch My Hair," continuing a cultural conversation about beauty and hair, especially how black hair has been the subject of much fetish and exoticization, sees Solange and her Black cast perform choreography and tableaux. While "Cranes in the Sky" similarly locates the singer, always in resplendent fashion, performing in dreamlike landscapes. It makes you wonder how much more this gift will keep on giving. - Chris Hampton
Solange's A Seat At The Table is out now on Saint Records/Columbia.
The Dirty Nil, "Friends in the Sky"
On September 15, 1967, right after landing their first U.S. Top 10 with "I Can See For Miles," The Who famously blew up the The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. For "Friends in the Sky," high-power pop punks The Dirty Nil recreate the performance, exploding kick drum and all. - Chris Hampton
The Dirty Nil's Higher Power is out now on Dine Alone Records. Read our TOURIES interview with them here.
Radiohead, "The Numbers"
When you're Radiohead you can just call up Paul Thomas Anderson, one of the defining directors of this generation, and get him to make you a casual little performance video. Following their last collaborative live clip, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, a CR-78 drum machine, and some aviators, stake out a couple of benches in the woods and toss off a gorgeous version of A Moon Shaped Pool standout "The Numbers."
Of course, this being Paul Thomas Anderson, nothing looks tossed off. What would be a straightforward shoot is masterfully composed, totally intentional, and just a little bit mysterious. It's three perfectionists affecting informality, which, in its own strange way, is kind of fascinating. - Richard Trapunski