Our Best Videos of 2014
2014 wasn’t the first time we made a music video – you may remember Iggy Azalea’s interactive, shoppable “I Think She Ready” – but this was the year we went in big. Our collaborative video series with industry insiders System magazine set the tone for a year of music, fashion, and cinema, all styled by SSENSE. From Arca and Jesse Kanda’s digital artistry to a nine-minute noir thriller, here’s a look back at our favorite videos we made in 2014.
Hercules & Love Affair feat. John Grant “I Try To Talk To You”
Ryan Heffington’s expressive and passionate choreography captured the struggle of communicating with a lover in all its fraught intimacy. Hercules & Love Affair like their dance music meaningful, and John Grant’s lyrics of coming to terms with his HIV-positive diagnosis give the scene a whole new depth.
Arca x Jesse Kanda “Fluid Silhouettes”
We commissioned visionary producer Arca and his visual half, video artist Jesse Kanda, to show us their perspective on the androgynous, futuristic shapes of Spring 14. Listen closely and spot the Britney Spears sample.
Blood Orange feat. Skepta “High Street”
Our cameras followed Devonté Smith-Hynes on a nighttime walk through London’s Muswell Hill as grime emcee Skepta riffed on rising above rough beginnings. “Pain breeds creativity,” he confessed in a behind-the-scenes interview. “And poverty, too. You’re driven just by being at zero.”
Chromeo “Old 45’s”
The electrofunk duo picked up where the fractured love story of their “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” video left off in “Old 45’s”: a desert barroom homage to George Michael, Cindy Crawford, and mid-2000s comedy. Highlights include cameo appearances from HAIM and Napoleon Dynamite’s leading man, as well as prints and leathers from Chromeo’s capsule collection for Surface to Air brought to life.
Director Maryam L’Ange’s foray into film noir featured a captivating performance from Chloë Sevigny as a woman haunted by memories of a departed lover, surrounded by unsettling sights and sounds in a historic Hollywood mansion. An immersive soundtrack from Eaux set the mood in this suspenseful short film.