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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

3. FKA twigs – “Video Girl” [dir. Kahlil Joseph]

If FKA Twigs was born to revitalize the music video, Kahlil Joseph (who’s been honored on this list in past years–not to mention at Sundance) proves to be her ideal collaborator in subverting its most dominant tropes on the name-says-it-all anthem “Video Girl.” The track, drawing from Twigs’ very brief real-life career as a dancer in videos, does not turn the music video’s long history of objectifying women on its head so much as turn it on its side–and then the video treatment gags it and straps it to a gurney. Re-imagining the video girl-to-male gaze relationship in a sort of shock corridor/Arkham asylum scenario (with FemDom-y overtones that are far more scary than sexy) Joseph abandons the , oversaturated color and use of water that have become his calling card for a black and white aesthetic that draws on the vocabulary of post-video horror movies (The Ring, Saw I-XVIII, et al.). Though far more interested in beautiful photography than special effects per se, the images of a be-grilled and bared teeth bleeding black sepsis and Twigs twerking demonically in the corner of a padded cell–moving with stilted, broken-puppet dance moves that recall Thandie Newton’s physical transformation in Beloved far more than any music video dance sequence–are among the most terrifying images we’ve seen all year. – Eddie STATS

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