The Fat White Family are in truth a spindly sextet out of South London who are often in repute for their garish stage antics, including a frontman who rarely performs clothed in little other than a thin wash of butter or at times just butt. And the last-mentioned surely seizes the spotlight in their (NSFW) video for the slinky number “Touch the Leather”. Quite like a hypnotist’s pendulum, the gentleman’s horizontally hovering rear and “fruit basket” do a swell job of transfixing its audience from the background. Tell me I’m not the only one craving a Moons Over My Hammy.
Montreal-based Franco-indie pop outfit Monogrenade describe their sophomore album Composite as an “exploration of the human spirit” and their Kristof Brandl-directed short film for “Le Fantôme” illuminates that vision. The delightfully unhurried sci-fi narrative unravels as the leading man endures an ocular injection by way of robot and develops further as a sort of bricolage of Black Mirror episodes. Harnessing masterly freeze-frame VFX, the magicians over at SHED make engrossing time travel possible for our protagonist whose precious past becomes his painful present.
Recently unearthed is a Havana-based visual for the Neko Case-led “Champions of Red Wine”, the fourth single from 2014’s Brill Bruisers by New Pornographers. In it a poor man’s Tom Savini carves a path through his Cuban Midlife Crisis from two-way mirror peep shows to the drunken dregs of a local strip club, ultimately sinking his toes mercifully into the sands of time and giving the Gulf of Mexico a big ol' hug. This offering marks the Canadian indie outfit’s second collaboration with co-directing twosome Leblanc + Cudmore. If, like me, you smell what they’re stepping in, ride a wormhole over to their surreal dance-off video for Belle and Sebastian’s “Party Line” because it's just as wonderful.