FRINGE MUSIC FIX's Weekly Top 5 (10/26)

Posted by Adam Alexander on October 26, 2014 in Lists

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Each week, FRINGE MUSIC FIX culls the latest music video releases, carefully selecting the most bizarre, provocative, and remarkable videos from across the world.

Sit back, relax, and open your mind’s eye; things are about to get interesting. The following are our selections for the week ending October 26th, 2014.

Scottish Electropop trio CHVRCHES re-enlist director Sing J. Lee for "Under The Tide," a cut from their 2013 album, The Bones Of What You Believe. Last year, Sing also directed their videos for "Lies" and "The Mother We Share." On the track, Lauren Mayberry takes a rest from helming main vocals, and instead passes the mic to band mate Martin Doherty. The video employs footage of Doherty performing and combines them with impressive sci-fi themed anime sequences.

From Tove Lo to Charli XCX, 2014 been a very good year for emerging pop artists seemingly securing spots on the the pop charts overnight. Add Canadian songstress Kiesza to the list, whose single take dance video for "Hideway" was met with great popularity and spawned a bunch of tribute videos on YouTube. The fun and spirited visual quickly exposed her to the masses and netted her a comfortable spot amongst her peers. This week, Kiesza released her debut LP Sound Of A Woman as well as the Syndrome-directed music video for "No Enemiesz."  Like "Hideaway," the video features Kiesza's impressive, high energy dancing and stylish attire. The track, choreography, and fashion are all heavily influenced by the late 80s and 90s. The video also has a few post production tricks up it's sleeve. As Kiesza gradually strips down to her birthday suit, her discarded articles of clothing magically and inexplicably transform into backup dancers. It's a fun and spirited video, and furthermore, proves that Kiesza is here to stay.

Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) marks his return with both an infectious new single as well as a mind-bending music video directed by AB/CD/CD. The dizzying visual shows a breakup from the viewpoint of a restless and spiralling camera lens. This is one bout of motion-sickness I can get behind.

Last year director Vania Heymann crafted a very popular interactive music video for Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone."  The video allowed viewers to interact with virtual TV programming which featured a collection of TV stations that's stars all lip-synced to "Like A Rolling Stone."  This time, Heymann teams up with Israeli artist Roy Kafri for the somewhat similarly lip dubbed outing. Through the magic of post-production, Heymann brings classic vinyl album covers to life.

Tiga's "Bugatti" is given one of this year's best music videos with a bonkers retro infused clip directed by Helmi and produced by Division Paris. Featuring a racy and madcap series of quickly cut surreal visuals that mostly take part in a ski lodge in the 70s, the video is inexplicably well suited to the absurd and infectious club track. Watching the video, I couldn't help but swap out the actors with the cast of Mad Men.

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