The music promotion/hype cycle pretty much shuts down toward the end of December, as artists, publicists and journalists go into some weird post-best-of-list hibernation period filled with holiday meals, extra reading time, awkward conversations where you try to explain Grimes to your cousins and ill-fated trips to go see Les Mis. But some artists refuse to observe this break, and that’s a good thing! Just ’cause your Twitter feed slows down, that doesn’t mean artists stopped making cool stuff.
So, sit back, relax, grab a stale cookie, and watch these five videos you may (or may not) have missed over the holidays.
Kendrick Lamar – “Backseat Freestyle”
“I pray my dick get big as the Eiffel Tower,” said Kendrick Lamar on his excellent major-label debut, good kid, m.a.a.d. city. Here’s the big question: Does his dream come true in this video? OK, so that’s a lot to ask for, but at least Kendrick gets to check out the aforementioned structure in this sweeping, black-and-white clip. Keep praying, Kendrick.
Beach House – “New Year”
Apparently it’s a new year. 2013, I think? To celebrate the occasion, Beach House released a moody video for the track “New Year.” It’s like David Lynch’s Lost Highway meets any random internet cat video you’ve seen in the last year, plus some neat time-lapse footage. Pro-tip: Watch it while looking over your New Year’s resolutions and nodding ruefully over having already failed to meet your feeble goals. Happy New Year!
Big Boi – “In The A (Feat. T.I. And Ludacris)”
“In The A” was a clear stand-out off of Big Boi’s collaboration-heavy album, Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, and this travelogue-like clip does a great job of showing off the sights in Atlanta while giving each rapper a chance to shine. Also, Big Boi wears a really cool coat that you should probably add to your Christmas list for next year.
Sky Ferreira – “Lost In My Bedroom”
The video for art-pop singer Sky Ferreira’s “Lost In My Bedroom” comes with a seizure warning at the beginning, and it more than earns that distinction, featuring frantic editing, scrambled VHS visuals and flashing lights. It certainly captures the song’s hazy, paranoid quality, perhaps a little too well.
Toro Y Moi – “Say That”
Sometimes you just wanna look at trees, grassy fields and big rocks. You know, nature shit. Well, Toro Y Moi has got you covered in the “Say That” video, a bucolic clip for the swirling disco track off of Chaz Bundick’s upcoming record, Anything In Return. It’s almost like being on vacation. (Key word: almost.)