Post Watch the Throne, I’ll assume you’ve probably heard Frank Ocean’s name. But don’t feel too out of the loop if OFWGKTA just looks like paws have pounced my keyboard. He’s a fraction of the alt hip hop collective the abbreviation represents, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, or Odd Future for… medium. Nabil Elderkin directs his latest, a visually striking video for the track “Swim Good” from mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra. Elderkin’s name was also at the helm of the similarly beaut, scenic video for Bon Iver’s “Holocene” (and sounds like it belongs to a Gnome). In it, Frank portrays a modern day samurai behind the wheel of a classic, carrot colored stretch limo. The saga nearly plays out as an alternate reality version of the movie, Bellflower. That is, if you could imagine Milly gifting Woodrow a pair of Black/Cement Jordan 3’s.
We might extend thanks to Gary Numan - for never peddling his life’s work to the Swiffer Wet Jet, “Down in the Park” and appearing as the shopping mall overlord in the following Battles video for “My Machines”. One man’s blood smeared struggle with a moving staircase perpetuates an irrational childhood fear that my mother would be sucked in and thus beheaded by one. I can only selfishly imagine the burden it would have caused us all to visit her memorial at the local Stride Rite. The track is swiped from the released in June (mostly instrumental) album, Gloss Drop, which also boasts a mighty impressive guest list: Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead and Yamantaka Eye of Boredoms. Keep an eye on directing partners, Daniels, for they sicced a pack of pregnant women upon Chromeo recently. Credit to loyal reader, Driveby_Commenter, for the tip.
Now for a visit from The Ghost of Music Videos Past in the form of Handsome Furs’ “Dumb Animals”, a track from the indie rock duo’s 2007 album, Plague Park. Perhaps I could’ve fooled you all had the Motorola RAZR not flipped its ugly, decrepit head, but I can assure you its appearance in the post is warranted. Director, Panos Cosmatos, is also the man behind one of this year’s most anticipated Fantastic Fest’s features, Beyond the Black Rainbow. Duly noted in both are his early eighties VHS horror/sci-fi influence and use of unnerving medical lighting. Stay tuned for a review of the film along with a heads up on a promising score provided by Black Mountain’s analog synth wizard, Jeremy Schmidt.