Audio Visuals: Jam Out to Claymation Tributes to ’80s Action Flicks
Even if the Audio Visuals roundup isn’t a competition—the list isn’t structured as some kind of descending top 10—there is still extra prestige in nabbing the headlining spot, and this week Gunship takes the prize with “Tech Noir,” a claymation tribute to the apocalyptic action movies of the 1980s with a heroic love story. What more could you want? But don’t worry. The supporting cast of videos is pretty excellent, too. Also, in this week’s Honorable Mention category, we have the sad story of a lonely hot dog in Slime’s clip for, yes, “Hot Dog,” and Sheep Dog and Wolf bring their video for “Breathe” to life by giving you a whole bunch of people not doing any of it. Because that’s what we love about music videos around here: They always keep us on our toes.
“Tech Noir”—Gunship (Above)
This. Is. Awesome.
“Birds of Paradise”—Milkywhale
This girl and her Afghan Hound are each other’s birds of paradise.
“Hello”—Primary feat. 박정현
These hands were made for walking. And that’s just what they’ll do! Never underestimate the transformative power of … nail polish?
“Tell Your Friends”—The Weeknd
The Weeknd is pretty weird, you guys.
“Caviar Dreams”—Ph Fat & Al Bairre
When life gets rough, just wander into the woods and find your coven.
So, wait, did that lifeguard kid abduct the girl and tie her up?! Dark!
“Drag Me Down”—One Direction
With the announcement that One Direction will be “temporarily” splitting off into four different ones, we honor the time that they gave us by posting their Armageddon-esque new video in the top 10 of the week.
“You’re a Germ”—Wolf Alice
Oh, Wolf Alice, you know that we just can’t refuse a B-horror movie homage, don’t you?
“Årner Sæ”—Ravi feat. Joe Nesbø
Have you ever wondered what a music video done in the style of Twin Peaks as presented by a Norwegian rapper-comedian would look like? Wonder no more!
“Smoke Break”—Carrie Underwood
Let’s just take a minute to respect how country this video is. There’s the truck (that even breaks down), the walking down an abandoned road with nothing but a guitar case, a lonely waitress, a diner in an endless expanse of desert, and a concert in a dive bar. When the backup vocalists start harmonizing the phrase “smoke breeaaaaakk” as Carrie Underwood strums her guitar we can actually feel ourselves turning into Miranda Lambert. Really.
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