MNEK's "Paradise" video explores beauty, pain, and makes a powerful statement about police brutality.
Ciaran Lyons, director: "I think the themes of MNEK’s track will resonate with a lot of people. What grabbed me was the underlying idea of the different responses elicited by the chaos of the modern world - the desire to escape from the real world into a fantasy paradise vs the possibility of standing strong and separate from all the madness and cruelty, in the hope of preserving something better. It’s a theme reminiscent of those who “carry the fire” in The Road.
The intention with the video was to echo these themes, while maintaining the ambiguity of the lyrics. Escaping, or standing apart can be seen either as an act of strength and heroism, or callousness and cowardice. So we have this beautiful human walking through a fantasy landscape made from symbols of growth and decay, never stopping, never getting involved, but coming out the other end still intact, and still beautiful."
After more than five years, Massive Attack have released brand new music. This track off their Ritual Spirit EP features friend Tricky on the audio and the video stars Sol Star himself, John Hawkes, drunk and stumbling/dancing through the night. But, he's not necessarily alone in another gorgeous clip from VS fave Hiro Murai.
London's Sinead Harnett got her break singing for Wiley and Disclosure. Now director Malia James has helped bring out her star power on the streets of New York for Do It Anyway, the second single from her debut album.
The latest collab between Astronomyy and ESNAF for 'When I'm With U'. The third instalment from the partnership. Matching the gorgeous, twilight ambiance of the track itself, the visuals have a beautifully murky feel, with a solitary figure moving between twinkling rays of woodland sunlight.
Newly signed to Collaboration Factory, British Directors CROOKED CYNICS have completed their first US video for Capitol / Virgin Records artist Jamie Scott, just in time for him to tour as the opening act for One Direction, for whom he has written many of their biggest hits.