Courtney Barnett Is Clown Of The Year In This Week’s Holy Hunter Of Music Videos

We've got tunes from Courtney Barnett, Tchami and Dawn Richards in this week's music video roundup. 

Come March we may at long last secure a full-length LP from the biting wit-wielding Australian singer-songwriter, Courtney Barnett. Conceptualized by the delightfully droll artist herself and then given legs by director Charlie Ford, the video for “Pedestrian At Best” follows Barnett through an afternoon at a carnival where she takes the shape of a floundering clown. As an aside, I’m quite burdened by the opposite of coulrophobia in that I have an intense fascination with clowns. When people ask when I knew my now husband was “the one,” I often reference the time he told me I’d make an outstanding clown - specifically for children’s birthday gatherings. I guess her frankness is infectious.

Described as a portrait of Oklahoma’s “Struckist Subculture,” director Ben Reed’s via celluloid offering for French producer Tchami’s latest earworm mostly reminds me of George Romero’s Knightriders, albeit the storm-chasing version. Despite their striking scars, this particular ragtag group of trading card-worthy electrostatic stalkers is regrettably just a bunch of fictitious muggles. But on the subject of “White Lightning,” this column reaches you on the fifty-sixth anniversary of The Day (after) the Music Died. As a follow-up, I highly recommend George Jones’ version of The Big Bopper-penned ditty.

Hyperbolically said to be metaphoric to the R&B songstress’ own life path, Dawn Richards directs and materializes in the following as an indomitable monochromatic warrior with nothing short of a smoking mohawk (smohawk?) and her dukes up against an imploding universe. With slick animated aid from the digital studio, We Were Monkeys, the outcome is a unique cinematic experience to be viewed on something other than a laptop.