This Week's Five Best Film Clips: 28 August, 2014

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The War on Drugs – 'Under the Pressure'

'Under The Pressure' is the flagship song from The War On Drugs' massive breakthrough record Lost In The Dream. Now there's a clip to go along with the blissful track that opens the album.

At almost nine minutes long, there's a bit of pressure on director Houmam Abdallah to make something engaging.

The result feels like an embracement of drab. What Abdallah has done is intercut footage of members of the band sitting around their dark living rooms (or outside, in pianist Robbie Bennett's case), playing their respective instruments, not engaging the camera and scenes of uninteresting landscapes at dusk.

Then, just as the song deteriorates into a kind of noisy drone, an explosion of colour occurs. Confetti flutters about the air in slow-motion. It's a bizarrely beautiful sight and a fitting end to an occasionally unsettling but charming clip.

Zammuto – 'IO'

Have you ever wondered how to make a catapult? Or what kind of person chooses to build such a structure. Or why someone would do so?

Well the answers are all here. The people who made the clip for Zammuto's 'IO' are the type of people who would make a catapult and they give you some sign about what goes into here. And why would you build one? Because it looks like a lot of fun.

That's essentially what this clip is. People build a catapult and hoist a range of different objects from it into a big field. The fun they all seem to be having is contagious and it takes us closer than we've ever been (and probably ever will be) to building a catapult for ourselves. 

Tom Vek – 'Pushing Your Luck'

This clip features some of the most vital ingredients for a quality music video. Tom Vek looks cool as hell in his round wayfarer sunglasses, the shots are slick and there is a cameo appearance from a cat!

We're not sure if Vek meant for the clip to look like one big spin on the pokies, but that's what the three-way split screen effect is conjuring up for us. The appearance of a maneki-neko, some dice, cherries and palm trees, we reckon Mr Vek – or Paxi, who made his clip – has been spending a fair bit of time down the local RSL.

Let's hope they haven't been pushing their luck too much. 

Justin Townes Earle – 'Time Shows Fools'

There's some profound misery on Justin Townes Earle's new record Single Mothers. That's evident on 'Time Shows Fools'

Don't let the chirpy instrumentation throw you, there's a lot of sadness here as Earle opens with "Wish I could say that I found some way to sleep at night".

There's nothing outrageously exciting about the song's video, but the way in which it uses simple imagery and a single location to convey a certain mood is clever.

You can just about smell the stale cigarette smoke and cheap hotel soap of the crappy hotel room it's set in. Earle and a mystery woman stand around awkwardly, never touching and barely acknowledging each other.

As for what happened and why they are there, it's anybody's guess. Are they lovers? Did they fight? Earle looks dishevelled, but neither part looks particularly hurt, or amorous.

The Secret City – 'Little Darling'

Sydney's The Secret City engaged the team at Big Cookie Studios to make an elaborate animated clip for their new single 'Little Darling' and the results are stunning.

It tells the story of the love shared between a man stuck inside an automaton clock and a woman on the outside of it and their frustration at being unable to embrace. The man plots a scheme to free himself from the clock and, as you'd expect, an action packed adventure ensues.

The animation is brilliant and the story is well written. Making the clip took a staggering 18 people, but once you see it that will make a lot of sense.