Tycho - Ascension
The title card doesn’t nearly do this work of beauty justice.
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. - Bang Bang Bang
Starting off with a Franco-Japanese talk show introduction, Ronson introduces us to his performance and bandmates tokusatsu style. Complete with transformation-inducing wristbands, impeccably styled costumes, and judiciously deployed retro sound effects, the video takes us through the song with all of the flair and motion graphics that you’d expect from a costumed hero’s showdown with the villain. But there’s no conflict here (unless you count the tennis match on another channel at the end), only an enjoyable dance party with b-boys teleported in at the touch of a button. A fun song, and the music video keeps well apace.
Grimes - Nightmusic (feat. Majical Cloudz)
Once again, Grimes seems to be putting out some of the best music videos I’ve seen lately. As in the video for “Vanessa,” the editing is quite effective: some of the layered solo shots of Grimes performing have higher framerates than normal, thereby amplifying the otherworldly character of the sequences they appear in. Though the scenes are only loosely related, the video nevertheless achieves a more unified narrative than her previous ones. The well-executed production design also helps in that regard.