MGMT – Congratulations
Delightfully strange and completely sublime, the video for MGMT’s ‘Congratulations’ (taken from the album of the same name) is one of my favourite videos of the year. The video sees the band making their way through the desert accompanied by a frail bird/dinosaur-like creature (Jim Henson meets Star Wars) that literally starts to fall apart . This beautifully tragic video perfectly conveys the sadness of the song, which is one of the more accessible tracks on the album, and is a real treat for the ears and eyes.
Cee Lo Green – Fuck You
Last heard singing a glorious cover of Band Of Horses’ track ‘Nobody’s Gonna Love You’, the unmistakable voice of Cee-Lo Green (one half of Gnarls Barkley) returns with the track ‘Fuck You’. The video, like the song itself, is an utter joy. 60’s stylings complement the Motown sound of the song, and the bright tongue n’ cheek vibe of the video goes perfectly well uplifting nature of the song, despite what its title might at first suggest. ‘Fuck You’ is released on October 3rd and the album entitled The Lady Killer will be out December 7th.
Janelle Monáe – Cold War
Taken from the masterpiece that is her futuristic concept album The ArchAndroid, ‘Cold War’ is the next single from the R&B Queen and Psychedelic-Soul-Funk-Connoisseur Janelle Monáe. Pumped with more raw emotion than your average music video, and that’s just in her eyes, the video is a simple one, with just Janelle’s face in shot as she lip-syncs the track in supposedly a single take. Sinead O’Connor did a similar thing for the iconic ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ video, and history repeats as Janelle, like Sinead, lets a single tear trickle down her face in a brief moment of vulnerability. More interesting though is the middle section of the video where I found it hard to decide whether she was laughing or crying. The more cynical of you will no doubt (and rightly so) question the authenticity of this video, but real emotion or not, I compel you keep your eyes off her, because I definitely could not.
From James Smyllie.