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Year’s Best: OKP’s Top 14 Music Videos Of 2014

Year’s Best: OKP’s Top 14 Music Videos Of 2014

Year's Best: OKP's Top 14 Music Videos Of 2014

10. FKA twigs – “Two Weeks” [dir. Nabil Elderkin]

Nabil Elderkin has an insane talent for bringing songs to life onscreen with the kind of imagination and craft often reserved for big budget feature films.  The official video for “Two Weeks” from UK phenom FKA Twigs proved to be yet another win for the man who has had the good fortune of applying his touch to everything from videos for Kanye West and James Blake to World Cup soccer ads.  Alluding to the veritable omnipresence of the rising star who practically ruled the pop charts in 2014, Elderkin populates the clip with an army of Twigs that exist in a world with a sinister feel that hearkens back to the regal scene set by Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking video for “Remember The Time” – a clip inspired by the iconography of ancient Egypt and driven by the unforgettable precision of killer dance moves.  Combining that aesthetic with the electric sound of the track and the singer’s obvious talent as a performance artist, Elderkin finds a way to make FKA Twigs as big as some have estimated she will ultimately become.  On a pedestal placed squarely at the center of it all, Twigs simultaneously reigns as queen and populates the court of a mystic gold-tinged empire built of perfectly placed bodies, serpentine movements and the mystery that has drawn a legion of voracious listeners to the left to gorge on her fringe-driven sound.  The costume changes alone should make this video worth paying attention to.  The gold Elderkin squeezes from a single camera shot and a hand painted backdrop, however, is arguably the stuff of legend. – Karas Lamb

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