The Chemical Brothers reunited with Michel Gondry to make an obvious instant classic. They share the stage this month with car crashes, detachment, disorienting effects, summer vibes and passion. Watch the ten best music videos of May 2015 below.
The Chemical Brothers' new video is a reunion with director Michel Gondry, the French genius/director behind earlier ChemBros' vids "Star Guitar" and "Let Forever Be." Like his classic video for Daft Punk's "Around The World," "Go" is visually arresting and heavily choreographed, yet strikingly simple: a mechanical, vaguely sci-fi land-rowing routine through a geometric urban landscape.
Even a car crash won't shake The Weeknd from his fugue. He flips his sedan. The two female passengers, disturbed but okay, chase after him. The car explodes. Still Abel Tesfaye plods forward, cold-blooded, through the backstreets of the Hollywood Hills, into a mansion, up the stairs.
On the heels of releasing one of the year’s best albums, Jazz Cartier is already pushing forward with a brand new single. It’s spaced out, smooth, and hovers in the troposphere at dawn. The electronics of the song swell and swim around. If you were walking alone in a desert, “Always Up To Something” is the moment the stars illuminate the sky and a shooting star passes through, booming in the royal blue night.
The Toronto synth-pop duo Prince Innocence issue this washed out, vaporwave-indebted clip for their lounge anthem to apathy. The Chris Levett-directed video functions two ways. First, as sharp parody. And if, by chance, it's an earnest portrait of some sad reality, it's a document of irony made so fashionable and vapid and meaningless that its turned itself inside out. Either way.
The jerky LeBlanc + Cudmore video for METZ's "The Swimmer" stitches together small loops to disorienting effect, telling the story of a man who gets baptized, abducted, and beaten up. In maybe that order? It seems goons and street toughs are attracted to the scent of holy water. Noted.
"Rush" is Colombian-born, American-raised, Kali Uchis' ode to the summer vibes of the '70s and its Quentin Tarantino-minus-the-violence glory. If you're not on Kali yet, you can hear her smooth vocals in collaborative works with the likes of Tyler, The Creator or this one from the powerhouse Canadian team of Kaytranada and BADBADNOTGOOD, don't snooze, because the roller blading vintage dame is killer on her own too.
The Sam De Jong-directed "Very First Breath" clip is a great visualization of the HudMo universe: cosmopolitan, neon, and relishing in a complicated sort of futurism (one that playfully incorporates relics; say, soul samples or, in this video, switch blades and street racers).
Marriage want you to move more slowly, to look more closely, and to listen more carefully. The Toronto four-piece ply a brand of psychedelia that's blissfully glazed over, as if by sedatives. "Morphine pop" they call it. Everything is washed over by a pleasant, warm fog — both delighted and detached at once. "Boy M," directed by the band's own Brett Zadravetz and Heretical Objects Cooperative's Jenny Warne, is an "anti-music video," meant to revel in the mundanity of the scene, finding tensions and drama even in minutia.
The Rory Kerr- and Paul Ruttledge-directed and animated clip for Courtney Barnett's "Dead Fox," flips the table on the carnage that casually happens every day out on the interstate. In this vision, animals operate the swift metal harbingers of death and it's the humans getting mowed down as they go peacefully about their daily travels.
In "The Passions" video, director Brian Vu offers an abstract portrait of love, intimacy and sexuality to compliment Owen Pallett's own tender, sweetened exploration of the same. Pallett says that he wrote "The Passions" when his "definitions of 'love' were being redefined." For queer people, he says, lovers are also family in a sense — "our brothers and sisters as well as our sexual partners."