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]
An intimate performance video with Sampha at a piano, and a dancer leaving chemtrails as she twirls. That said, the more intoxicating version is the 360 one, which uses the same set-up, but takes place entirely from Sampha's POV.
Sam Pilling, director: " wanted the visuals to juxtapose the song so decided to set the video at night and to film it in quite a raw, off the cuff way, rather than a more obvious, smooth approach. Dornik wanted the video to be about having fun, good vibes and a sense of release so we constructed a story that had those upbeat elements but also had a slightly darker undertone too.
Sometimes when you're dancing to a track in a club, the music hits you on so many levels. And it affects every part of your body. In this case, Ben Westbeech aka Breach's latest literally affects all parts of this woman's body. Which is fair, considering Ben's last video focused mainly on hair.
Naor Aloni's new music video for Bastille's 'Things We Lost in the Fire' finds the lead singer traversing through a dream full of symbolism and strong visual motifs. A real cinematic treat with photography by the talented Jake Scott.