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Top 5 Music Videos of the Week: Emmit Finn, Lea Porcelain + more

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Sound is waves hitting your eardrums. Light is backflipping into your eyes. Together, we look at the best music videos of the week!


5. Blaire Alise & the Bombshells — “Telemono”

Let’s start with something fairly simple, if extremely strange. Alise and her Bombshells spend the running time of “Telemono” bombarded by, dressed as, and anthropomorphized as vegetables, the meaning of which is lost on this particular culture critic. It is engaging, though. Downright fun even.


4. Lea Porcelain — “Remember”

Some videos exist solely to be exercises in abstract musical meditation. “Remember” is definitely on that list. At times it’s little more than a meandering series of admittedly beautiful landscape artistry, but there is something about the play of light and darkness that feels guided and meaningful. It’s mesmerizing, no doubt.


3. Marika Hackman — “My Lover Cindy”

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything as deliciously disturbed as “My Lover Cindy.” It is, and I mean this in the highest complimentary way, fucked up. Two women have a flirtatious fencing match, until a few errant cuts create singing mouths in their bellies, which eventually end up making out as the girls apparently die. Your guess is as good as mine, folks.


2. Japanese Breakfast — “Machinist”

Honestly, I think this is my favorite video of 2017 so far. Michelle Zauner plays an astronaut that seems to slowly fall in love with an artificial intelligence as her ship disintegrates. I’ll let you work out the symbolism of her drinking machine fluid from a hose for yourself, but it’s a damned fine music video that instantly grabs you and never lets go.


1. Emmit Fenn — “1995”

I feel like going out on a peaceful note this week. Fenn wanders the woods in a beautiful melancholy, bringing viewers along to drown in his pathos. It’s nothing fancy, but it brings a certain stillness to a world full of tremors. Float away in it, and we’ll see you next week.