Chicago singer Willis Earl Beal (with his face disguised) recruits believers for his rather strange Church of Nobody. “Coming Through” is a duet with Cat Power Sun, who (fortunately for her) doesn’t participate in this “journey towards enlightenment”.
I’m guessing Pussy Riot hadn’t planned it like this, not with all this real violence, but the Sochi authorities beating and whipping (!) them during the making has turned “Путин научит тебя любить Родину” (‘Putin will teach you how to love the motherland’) into a video about making a video in an oppresive environment. The lyrics (translated on the YouTube page) deal with the sentencing, tomorrow, of the suspects in last year’s Bolotnaya square case.
Clap your hands and say yeah to “Peppermint”, the dazzling new Julio Bashmore animation video made by Noah Harris. Life, sex, death and the secrets of the cosmos, it’s all here.
Dutch singer Sofie Winterson finds beauty in garbage in her new video “Said and Done”. Even her outfit remains spotlessly white.
Foreign princes try – in vain – to woo Egyptian pharaoh/sorceress Katy Perry in the goofy “Dark Horse”. Juicy J appears from a sarcophagus, not prepared to adhere to the dresscode much.
A young woman remembers herself as a fat teenager when meeting up with an old highschool crush in “Sons”, the latest video from Parisian band Concorde. It’s based on the work of American illustrator Jonny Negron.
“Yumeno Hajima Ring Ring” (‘my dreams are beginning, ring ring’) is a touching song about saying goodbye to your childhood, and school in particular (“goodbye teacher, my friends”). Japanese kawaii star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is off to an even more wonderful world.