Was Adele's latest song a little too mainstream for you? Are you looking for something a little more avant-garde? Maybe you like your music videos directed by a world-class director like Paul Thomas Anderson?
[He's directed There Will Be Blood, The Master, Punch Drunk Love, Boogie Nights, The Master, Inherent Vice, etc.]
Well, here you go. Joanna Newsom's latest video for the title track off her latest album -- that dropped a couple of days ago -- Divers, is exactly what you should be watching.
Just over 7 minutes in length, the video is visually stunning and actually confusing. The visuals in the video react to the different emotional beats that Newsom hits throughout the song. And, surprisingly, it works.
Anderson moves the camera forward and back with the song and it creates this hypnotic quality to the video. Honestly, 7 minutes is pretty long for a song at this tempo and watching the video made me feel like I sat in front of my computer screen for about 30 minutes getting lost in the plumes of smoke and the colors that shifted back and forth with the music.
Newsom's poetic lyricism is something that makes you feel like she's verbally running circles around you as you listen to the words. Her voice is something that I can only describe as Bjork-esque and because of this it's almost like her vocal chords are controlling the camera.
As I said earlier, this video/song is definitely a lot more "avant-garde" than anything Adele (this isn't a slight against her, it's just a different style of music) could ever come up with. That being said, I already know that this song/video is an acquired taste. So if you don't like it, that's fine. But if you do like it and if you find yourself returning to it multiple times in the same day, then I have this to say to you: