@Kevin_Slack WATCH IT: Jay-Z "Bam" (Rohan Blair-Mangat, dir.) https://t.co/kuLJ0xKelk via @VideoStatic 1 day 17 hours ago

Hercules & Love Affair "Omnion" (Crowns & Owls, dir.)

An uphill journey with staircase after staircase, but eventually leading out of the murky waters and into transcendence aboveground.

Crowns & Owls, director: "The Omnion video is an exploration of the nuances of gender and sexuality. A story of rebirth, the video follows a lone figure in red on an ascending pilgrimage up a seemingly infinite stair. Perspective play, scale and negative space is used to reflect the complexity of identity. Under dappled light our character is guided by descending children; serenely vacant and dripping with water. The stairs open to small rooms, each one a dreamlike homage to the childhood experiences of Andy Butler.  The closing sequence shows the woman arriving at the summit of the stairs, where a surreal pool cleanses her of the anxieties of adulthood, rebirthing her as a little boy, blessing her with blissful juvenile nativity.

The video was created with a strong emphasis on practical effects - using miniatures, large scale sets and precise lighting."

Vic Mensa "Rage" (Andrew Donoho, dir.)

Extreme turbulence and a literal crash landing in this unexpected video for Vic Mensa's unguarded new song.

Andrew Donoho, director "Rage stood out as one of the most powerful, personal, and intense songs Vic has released, and I wanted to create something equally visceral. The song stemmed from his mindset during a fight with depression and addiction, so a plane crash felt like the perfect metaphor for the loss of control and the battle for survival. Burying this metaphor into a drug/alcohol fueled death-dream allowed the raw emotion of the song to manifest on screen in a harrowing narrative that takes place between fantasy and reality."