It’s only getting easier and cheaper to make a music video these days — and all the more important, as artists compete to be heard, largely without the benefit of big pushes from major labels. For those reasons, the music video has undergone something of a mini-renaissance. Every week ARTINFO video editor Tom Chen, photo editor Micah Schmidt, and performing arts editor Nick Catucci will choose five of the most visually engaging music clips from the previous few days, presenting highlights from each in a video supercut.
In the video for “Hold On,” the French video-art collective known as AB/CD/CD pair each element of a song by Factory Floor with a rythmically-matched micro-drama.
According to director Drew Barry, the animation in Björk’s “Hollow” is “constructed from molecular models of DNA and proteins derived from various forms of scientific data such as x-ray crystallography.”
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah dress up the bizarre stills in “Hysterical” with fast-moving gobs and streaks of paint.
On “Pentagram and Crucifix,” Christian Mistress nicely freshen and aestheticize metal clichés, from the titular cross to a guitar solo ripped from a Flying V.