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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:25:53
This was a rather heavy week when it came to new music videos. The leading theme over the past seven days has been loss, whether it was of love or death, and artists gave and received some of the most cutting clips of the year so far.
Leonard Cohen passed away on November 7th of last year, and the Canadian singer-poet received a posthumous tribute at this year’s Polaris Music Prize ceremony via a new, animated music video. Linkin Park also debuted a clip in honor of their recently departed lead singer, Chester Bennington. Meanwhile, Sam Smith‘s newest visual offers a look into the agony of breakups.
Björk unveiled another stunning music video, once again pushing the boundaries of art and cinema, but nonetheless the subject matter remained wounded. Only Carly Rae Jepsen managed to cheer things up, as she usually does, with her newest video release. So without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect’s top music videos of the week:
Leonard Cohen — “Leaving the Table”
This week, Lido Pimienta took home the Polaris Music Prize. During the Canadian award gala, a tribute to the dearly departed and prize-nominated Leonard Cohen came in the form of a posthumous music video. Christopher Mills directed the animated video for “Leaving the Table”, off of Cohen’s final album, You Want It Darker, and he explained, “The idea kinda came from the ‘lightness’ that I imagined Mr. Cohen would be feeling right about now. I really loved thinking about him celebrating this new journey by dancing around in the clouds, and visiting his old haunts, playing around with all the weird and cool stuff you could probably do, once you ‘cross over’ into another plane.”
Bjork — “The Gate”
For those who couldn’t wait any longer for another beautiful, transcendent music video from Bjork, this week it finally arrived. She’s an artist who constantly tests the limits of media, from fashion to film to music, and one might expect that some day her creative well could run dry. Her newest clip proves that day is still far off as colors, shapes, and movements fill the screen and painful vocals cut jagged holes in the sonic sphere. Once again, Bjork blows us away.
Linkin Park — “One More Light”
This week, in advance of a benefit concert for the recently deceased Chester Bennington, Linkin Park released a video for “One More Light”. Joe Hahn directed the video, and described the process as “…incredibly emotional to work on… and especially to watch… I feel that by doing it, we not only faced some of our biggest fears, but it enabled us to use our talents to bring some light to people that need it. As we move forward to the Hollywood Bowl show and beyond, I think about the people that connect with the band, outside and inside our circle. This video is a gesture of good will to the people that want that connection.”
Sam Smith — “Too Good at Goodbyes”
Sam Smith’s new single “Too Good at Goodbyes” finds the singer in more of his deepest shades of melancholy and the song’s corresponding clip takes the sad subject matter to an even more torturous plane. The Luke Monaghan-directed video shows glimpses of couples at various stages of breaking up, highlighting the pain that comes with saying goodbye to someone you love. Don’t expect happy times here.
Carly Rae Jepsen — “Cut to the Feeling”
Thank goodness for Carly Rae Jepsen. In a week filled with some of the year’s saddest and darkest clips, the singer managed to bring in some light. Her “Cut to the Feeling” clip is straightforward, featuring a performance of the track along with some behind the scenes footage, all shot in black and white. Nonetheless, Jepsen always somehow manages to get her cheerful personality to shine through, and that’s just what happens. Her character, like the song, is infectious, and you can’t help but dance along.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff