There are so many creative clips coming out all the time that we simply can’t give them all a separate post to highlight their brilliance. Therefore, here’s a handy round-up of the stuff you need to see this week.
Bonobo, Bambro Koyo Ganda
Featuring vocals from Morroccan/New York City band Innov Gnawa, Bambro Koyo Ganda is a stand-out cut from Bonobo’s hypnotic album from early this year, Migration (which is available on a bunch of different cool formats at JB). This brand new clip reads like something of a Samsara-esque journey, investigating the intersection of the natural and industrial worlds in an absolutely beautiful series of innovative shots.
A.B. Original, Report To The Mist
The newest single from A.B. Original’s brilliant Reclaim Australia is Report to the Mist, and it’s a personal fave from the AMP-winning album. “The blacker the berry the bigger the charge/ The whiter the lies the deeper the façade/ The whiter the crime the looser the cuffs/ The blacker the skin? That noose is for us,” spits Briggs. The clip is a suitably hard-hitting look at the ongoing horror of Aboriginal deaths in police custody.
!!! (Chk Chk Chk), Dancing is the Best Revenge
!!!’s new album Shake the Shudder is out May 19, and Dancing is the Best Revenge is the latest single to come from it. The track is so much radical fun, and deserved a video to match. Here’s what frontman Nic Offer had to say about how the clip came to be:
When we recorded Dancing is the Best Revenge I pitched up my voice, becoming Nicole Fayu in the studio – much like Prince became Camille and Morrissey became Ann Coates. The groove felt like a strut or walk and I imagined it akin to drag or ballroom culture.
After The One 2 video featured such strong dance performances, and was filmed in the historic L.A. venue Jalisco, we decided to give the song to some girls who could really walk the walk and perform the song as in the spirit of reinvention. We traded some outfits and makeup tips and they helped me become IRL Nicole Fayu. Dancing with them was a blast, and it was great to finally see the song walked. I have to admit, I’m not used to being out performed in a video.
These ladies ignore a world that tells them who they should be – they take the stage, walking as whoever they want to be, and that’s their best revenge. Maybe you’ll never put on heels, maybe you’ll never walk onstage, maybe you’ll never be anyone else, but maybe this song/vid/story inspires you to try something you haven’t before.
Polish Club, Divided
The clip trope of having a vocalist deliver lyrics as if in a speech is cool and clever and whatnot, but this one goes a step further, and it’s really effective. Polish Club’s David Novak, presented as a motivational speaker, somehow meshes select important words from the song’s lyrics in with what looks to be a bona fide oration. It’s really hard to explain, so you should probably just watch.