Sometimes you want a music video to come equipped with a hard-hitting socially conscious message, and sometimes you just want to watch people go crazy throwing color powder around. To each their own, and to each we dedicate this week’s roundup of top music videos. There’s a turtle navigating his way across a Micro Machine minefield, a nasty breakup between a pair of men in drag, and a surprise threesome. We won’t tell you where to find each of these Easter eggs, but immerse yourselves in these videos and all will be revealed.
“Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)”—Run the Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha (Above)
The team behind this Run the Jewels video really puts a fine point on the futility of police brutality, putting the subjects in a feedback loop of violence that feels very resonant in our current cultural climate.
“Everybody Is Somebody”—Chateau Marmont
This animation is so densely packed with pop culture and religious iconography it is literally dizzying. Artist and director Marion Dupas fills every frame with rich detail, so be ready to watch several times if you want to take in everything.
“Hard Came the Rain”—Ran’N’Bone Man
Whoa. This is a very intense short about a drag performer and his jealous ex-lover.
“Come Back to You”—Saint Raymond
When life happens in the back of a British cab.
“Rule the World”—Walk Off the Earth
So this video is kind of a hot mess, but in a totally endearing sort of way. It kept feeling like “Should we turn this off?” but we genuinely wanted to finish watching Walk Off the Earth wild out until the end.
“Let You Go”—The Chainsmokers ft. Great Good Fine Ok
Hey, we’ve all been there, right?
There’s something super empowering about a song called “Strong” fueling one turtle’s journey across a landscape of tiny toy cars. This is your official Why Not?! video of the week.
“Ice Princess”—Azealia Banks
Medusa Azealia and her clone army of high-heeled silver droids is just super luscious. Mount your platinum python and ride into the rainbow prism volcano!