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Alt-J "Pleader" (Isaiah Seret, dir.)

A dystopian and disturbing epic inspired by Richard Llewellyn's novel How Green Was My Valley and Andrei Tarkovsky's film The Sacrifice. In other words, something that's just a bit more heady and challenging than most trending music videos.

Joe Newman, alt-j: "When we set out to make a video for 'Pleader', [I] sent the following one-line brief to director, Isaiah Seret: 'A Welsh mining love story; A tidal wave of earth.' What Isaiah came back with was an epic short-film inspired both by the song's source material and Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice. A family must pit their desire to have a child against the knowledge that this would destroy their community. The hypnotic, hymnal quality of the song binds the video throughout, hinting at redemption while destruction takes place." [via NPR Music]

Mercury and the Architects "Machine" (Rob Ulitski, dir.)

This video was shot remotely in Portsmouth UK by director Rob Ulitski, who found the track on Free Music Archive. After a short email exchange with TJ Mercury, the band's NYC-based lead vocalist, the video was shot in November, with a small performance shot by TJ and a friend in New York.The video contains three distinctive, surreal setups, all working together to push the message of the song.