What better way to spend a Friday afternoon than catching up on new music videos? It’s been a solid week for the visually inclined, so here are my top five latest picks. You’ll definitely laugh, probably won’t cry, and do not go gentle into that good night.
HAIM – “The Wire”
The Haim sisters ditch the boys and make them cry in their video for “The Wire,” starring The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone. The song may not be a tribute to Baltimore’s finest, but Taccone and his fellow dumpees sure know how to ugly sob with aplomb. “The Wire” is the perfect breezy end-of-summer jam, and it will appear on Haim’s debut LP Days Are Gone, out next month on Columbia.
Camera Obscura – “Break It To You Gently”
Camera Obscura’s new Joseph Mann-directed video channels Blur’s famous "Coffee And TV" clip–with a twist. 199_’s star-crossed milk cartons are swapped out for a pair of charming anthropomorphic shopping trolleys. The Scottish retro-pop group’s tartan hero may not end up in dairy heaven, but it’s still taken on an unusual journey. After the release of their fifth album Desire Lines (4AD) earlier this year, Camera Obscura might just be…on a roll.
Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”
Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner’s booty call goes rather badly in the hallucinatory, semi-NSFW clip for “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” (Maybe he should have spent a cozy night in with Snapchat instead.) The video was directed by noted photographer Nabil, who has a knack for capturing the surreal. “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” points toward a cleaner, more sensual sound for the English rockers’ forthcoming fifth LP, AM (Domino).
Foxes – “Youth”
Destruction and glamour collide in Foxes’ new video for “Youth” as a gang of stylish kids claims an abandoned building for its own. The English alt-pop ingénue is at the center of it all, sporting a dreamy sequined jumpsuit. Born Louisa Rose Allen, Foxes broke out this year after featuring on Zedd’s “Clarity,” but keep an eye out for more of her own songs.
Summer Camp – “Fresh”
London romantics Summer Camp look towards an 80s color palette in their neon-hued video for “Fresh.” Frontwoman Elizabeth Sankey rocks matching lipstick and nail polish while invoking Pulp on this tribute to first love, the first single from their forthcoming second LP. The husband-and-wife duo also hint at a subtly more funky update to their dream-pop sound. Summer Camp’s self-titled album is due out on October 8 on Moshi Moshi.