This Week's Five Best Film Clips: 14 August, 2014
Ryan Adams – 'Gimme Something Good'
If you listen to Double J, you've probably heard this song. It's one of the best tracks of the year, we reckon.
It now finally comes with its own video, a good couple of months after its release, and it's a bit of a weird one. It all starts off pretty plain and kinda boring. Ryan Adams stares down the barrel of the camera and mouths the words to the song, shabby hair, leather jacket and well lit black and white shot all contributing a predictable sense of cool.
But things get way more interesting from around the 40 second mark when none other than freaking Elvira pops up, pretty much out of nowhere. The kitschy horror actress (whose real name is Cassandra Peterson) isn't seen much these days, but she still plays the part pretty damn well.
An interesting choice of clip given Sharon Van Etten's brilliant video for 'Every Time The Sun Comes Up' earlier in the year.
Tjintu Desert Band – 'Walpa Warri'
With the NIMAs taking place this weekend, it's fitting that Tjintu Desert Band – who are nominated for the New Talent of the Year award – drop a new clip in the lead up to it. If you're not already paying close attention to some of the incredible music coming from the Northern Territory, or Indigenous Australia in general, then you're missing out on some seriously great music.
Tjintu Desert Band's brand of reggae rock puts them among the best of the latest breed of acts and this great looking clip for 'Walpa Warri' is simple but effective. Filmed at the Ooraminna Homestead just south of Alice Springs, it tells the story of Jeffrey Zimran, the band's lead guitarist, overcoming isolation and temptation on his quest to find his way home.
Happyness – 'Anything I Do Is All Right'
There are plenty of bands doing the '90s thing these days. Big indie rock riffs and tuneful, if not slightly wispy, vocal melodies sung by kids who just couldn't care less. Or at least that's how they sound. When it works best, it's seamless. When it's too contrived, it's awfully jarring.
Happyness go one better and capture the essence of the '90s indie rock music video in their silly video for the excellent song 'Anything I Do Is All Right'. The three members (who were probably born years after Dinosaur Jr broke up for the first time) sit around looking bored, play with skeletons and cats and do stupid green screen tricks usually reserved for stoned high school students.
It's hard to capture the essence of the slacker and not look like complete try hards and we reckon they've done it pretty well.
Davey Lane – 'Komarov'
The new single from Davey Lane (he of You Am I and formerly The Pictures) is a nice cut of psychedelic rock with washy guitar riffs and spacey vocal melodies. So it seems appropriate that the clip is equally fuzzy and intriguing.
Lane himself is the sole star of the Danny Wild produced clip. He basically spins around on a screen that appears to be set in some kind of not particularly realistic space setting. It gets fuzzier and fuzzier and eventually Lane, and the song, completely fades away.
Chelsea Wolfe – 'Lone'
'Lone' is the closing track from Chelsea Wolfe's excellent Pain Is Beauty record from last year. But it's also the title track from a new film that Wolfe has released in conjunction with director Mark Pellington, who has done films Arlington Road and clips like Pearl Jam's 'Jeremy', U2's 'One' and Silverchair's 'Tomorrow', to name a few (seriously, he's done a lot).
The film with Wolfe is clearly a project he's passionate about, because this little taste of the film is absolutely stunning. It's a simple clip, but it's completely compelling. Wolfe walks through an almost desolate desert (fitting, given the song's spaghetti western twang), happening upon a destroyed house that makes her pretty sad. Why? Guess we have to watch the film to find that out.