This Week's Five Best Film Clips
tUnE-yArDs – 'Water Fountain'
There's a giddy childishness to the complex music of tUnE-yArDs. This colourful clip, which looks like the most messed up children's TV show in history, is a perfect visual accompaniment to new single 'Water Fountain' then. Nothing we can write will do this maddening three-and-a-half-minutes justice. We salute director Joel Kelafi for somehow coming up with whatever the hell this is.
One potato, ten straws; science in action.
The Head & The Heart – 'Summertime'
When he's not making excellent, bizarre, pop records, Chad VanGaalen is a pretty nifty artist and film maker. His clip for The Head & The Heart's 'Summertime' is a colourful animated piece made up of brilliant drawings to complement the band's chirpy, quirky indie rock.
First Aid Kit – 'Cedar Lane'
The second single from First Aid Kit's forthcoming third album Stay Gold is 'Cedar Lane' and an unadorned, but elegant clip has surfaced to go with it. Heavily filtered camera shots show images of the Johanna and Klara Söderberg staring wistfully and blinking slowly; that's about it. Don't underestimate the power of simplicity, though. It's gorgeous.
Mt Warning - 'Promises'
There's a clear narrative in the video for Mt Warning's 'Promises', but it leaves specifics to the imagination. It's one of the more tender songs on the Aussie band's debut The Midnight Set and the clip complements that in a clever way. We warn you, though, it's pretty sad stuff.
The Black Keys – 'Fever'
The first single from The Black Keys' Turn Blue comes with a twisted clip that continues the late-night TV theme the band have embraced of late. Here Dan Auerbach plays a preacher, Patrick Carney his sidekick, and it's sleazy. Americans who called the number at the bottom of the video heard this recording of the band pranking their label Nonesuch Records.
The '90s Alt-Rock Vocal Hook Supercut
All those "doot-doot-doo"s and "whoa-oh"s didn't seem all that ridiculous in the '90s. But when you put them all together in one big supercut, which Canadian public broadcaster CBC has done, it's a different story. Try and memorise the whole two-and-a-half minutes and impress absolutely no-one as a result. Goodness knows you've sung these hooks enough times individually.