Good as it’s been to our ears, the year’s been just as easy on our eyes. You’ve seen the most slept-on records of the year and the most unshakeable cuts. But today we pan our lens to the sweetest and most savory pieces of eye candy to have come across our computer screens in 2016.
The psychedelics and surrealism were heavy on this lap around the sun. Frank Ocean, Danny Brown and Kaytranada can all vouch. Other artists (Kendrick Lamar, Solange and Isaiah Rashad) opted for deeply intimate visual extensions of songs already vivid and pointed in mp3. Then there were the ones that just wanted show us just how many place and spaces could house a late night/early morning of fuckery, whether it be murky purple-crushed forest or your local liquor store.
Here are some of the most compelling videos of this fine year in music, in no ranking order. Next up, the big one: best albums. Stay tuned. — Zo