FRINGE MUSIC FIX's Weekly Top 5 (8/31)

Posted by Adam Alexander on August 31, 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 August 31st, 2014.

The visual for Perth producer Sable’s “The One," featuring Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, was produced through a collaboration with Jack Daniels and their #JDFutureLegends initiative. The Tay Kaka-directed visual is a beautifully simple one that employs flash imagery projected on rock-like objects situated in a forest at night. To further enhance the atmospheric clip, Kaka makes use of smoke machines and time lapse effects.

Montréal based Trap producer High Klassified’s Baz-directed video for “Hyrule Kastle” may seem less a music video than a teaser, but as a promotional tool, it most certainly leaves you filled with questions and wanting more. The Zelda referencing title alone instantly drew me in by appealing to my geekiest of interests. The peculiar video opens with several Vine like clips that feature High Klassified (Jeune Peaufineur) in a series of seemingly random clips. The visual then leads into a long tracking shot of a female’s butt as she is seen walking through a colourized and bright neon forest. The closing shot, which is my favourite, features High Klassified standing nonchalantly, with his trademark over-sized glasses, and a recently caught lobster on his fishing line. If this brief video is any indication of the unique brand we can expect from High Klassified, one can only imagine what’s next.

Timothy Saccenti directs the majestic music video for Zola Jesus’ “Dangerous Days." The visual features Zola herself (Nika Roza Danilova) performing her exceptional single in front of epic panoramic wide angle shots of wilderness. The second half of the visual sees Zola rendered in a 3D motion capture process. The juxtaposition of the natural and the digital world is a perfect fit for “Dangerous Day." In his music video commentary for IMVDb, Saccenti had the following to say about the video: "For this video I had felt that Nika hadn't had a really great performance video, and it’s something I really enjoy doing. So I thought, we’re gonna go out and do the ultimate Zola Jesus performance video, but capture the themes that were in the song... [Themes] that we’re quite apocalyptic themes, but more man against nature and trans humanism."

In keeping consistent with her dedication to overseeing all aspects of her music and image, Grimes (Claire Boucher) teams up with her brother Mac Boucher to direct and edit the impressive video for “Go." Claire and Mac refer to their collaborative team as Roco-Prime. On her tumblr, Grimes described the visual as a contemporary take on Dante’s circles of hell. Employing sword wielding imagery and multiple settings ranging from the desert to a black-light dance club, the visual draws inspiration from the Sci-Fi and Japanese Animation that Grimes is so fond of. Based on geek cred alone, it’s also not surprising to discover that Grimes recruited X-Men/Watchmen screenwriter and Metal Gear voice actor David Hayter for the videos opening dialogue.

Labrinth’s soulful standout “Let It Be” gets a spectacular visual chronicling the conception and fabrication of his forthcoming album from him songwriting in his living room, musicians recording, and performing different aspects of the track, as well as even a clever sequence which features Labrinth negotiation and discussing "Let It Be" with record label management. The single shot video, directed by US, employs motion control to give a unique sense of space and time and make for this week’s most engaging music video.

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