The 6 best music videos of October 2021

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Each monthwe go through the most memorable music videos and celebrate the artists who break new ground with their visuals.


6. Penelope Trappes: “Clumsy Matriarch”

Director: Agnès Haus

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Just in time for Halloween, this eerie fairy tale stars London composer Penelope Trappes and her real-life daughter Chloe as two witches wandering a haunted shore. The backdrop is stormy and antiquated, all set in large, wide frames that suggest millennia of ancient rituals. Wearing tall cone-shaped hats and puffy outfits that Penelope designed herself, the couple come face-to-face on the pebble beach, embracing in a piercing vision of matrilineal heritage.


5. Amin: “Charmander”

Directors: Aminé and Jack Begert

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Here’s another addition to Portland rapper Amin’s series of songs strange and elegant music videos. In a leafy suburban neighborhood, Aminé and a girlfriend live out their mundane day in time-lapse scenes: chopping vegetables for dinner, fixing the car and, oh yeah, tending to a 20-foot-tall labradoodle lying around in the backyard. It’s a fun and very extra twist that ends up pissing off a pissed-off neighbor (played by the cheeky comedian and actor Ricky Thompson). The image of Aminé and his oversized pup lounging together on the grass and staring up at the sky is a bizarre picture of happiness.


4. Cate Le Bon: “Run Away”

Director: Casey Raymond

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Enter the underworld of Cate Le Bon’s art-rock. Filmed in the cavernous depths of a place called Factory in Porth, Wales, this video follows the singer into dark corners. There are meta moments where the camera focuses on grainy TVs showing close-ups of eyeballs and arms, as Le Bon and saxophonist Euan Hinshelwood stroll through a sequence of enviable, bespoke Kenzo looks. The mix of video art, projections and haute couture perfectly distills Le Bon’s eccentric style.


3. Sevdaliza: “Homunculus”

Directors: Sevdaliza and Willemskantine

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More musicians should portray themselves as action and sci-fi heroes like Sevdaliza in “Homunculus.” In this white-knuckled short, set to a remix of the avant-electronic artist’s song “Oh My God”, Sevdaliza is pregnant and at home in a futuristic house when she is ambushed by a team of men. masked that she easily knocks down. The twists only raise the stakes and outrages from there, involving needle injections, a helicopter airlift, and a weird android doppelganger. The ultra-violent clip deserves to be seen on the biggest screen you have.


2. BADBADNOTGOOD: “Shy, intimidating”

Director: Winston Hacking

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For this excerpt from the visual album of the Canadian quintet BADBADNOTGOOD Talk memory, filmmaker Winston Hacking had people hold cutouts of stock photos and collages in different natural settings, revealing optical illusions as the camera zoomed out. It’s a lively mix of photography and nature, in which a face in profile with an open window for one ear looks out into the forest, and giant sneakers sit on a lapping shore as if they’ve been thrown out the door. of entry. Practical effects and surreal installations end up looking far more compelling than any computer-generated imagery.


1. Mitski: “Working for the Knife”

Director: Zia Anger

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In “Working for the Knife,” Mitski’s first single since 2018 triumph be the cowboy, the singer-songwriter is in an uneasy state of mind — about being an artist, getting older, and the incessant need to express herself. The song is accompanied by a video set in a vast empty concert hall. There are no extras, no audience, just Mitski. She’s in the elevator inside her be the cowboy hat and a leather trench coat. She dances the halls. She licks the blue silk handrails. Her movements eventually become more erratic, culminating in a finale on the auditorium stage where she leaps, crawls, and stomps on the floor – all limbs flailing and thrusting intense, it feels like a full-body exorcism. A canned round of applause rises and then fades until it’s all about Mitski’s breathing and rapid movements. Its strength is cathartic, but it also reveals the intense loneliness that accompanies placing oneself entirely in front of an audience too eager to consume every moment.

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