Music videos took us on an archi-tour this year, leading us around Modernist landmarks and historic ruins across the world. With a little help from our friends at FACT, we bring you a rundown of the best videos that synched architecture and sound.
‘Go’ – The Chemical Brothers
The British electronic duo of The Chemical Brothers went French for their comeback music video, enlisting filmmaker Michel Gondry and taking to the Modernist haven of Front-de-Seine in Paris.
‘Mountain At My Gates’ – Foals
Step inside London’s Brutalist Alexandra Road estate with Foals in the band’s video for ‘Mountain At My Gates’. Director Nabil Elderkin used the GoPro Spherical, which allows viewers to take a 360-degree turn around the Grade II-listed building’s central walkway.
‘Anna’ – Will Butler
Emma Stone goes on a madcap tour of the Art Deco RMS Queen Mary in the music video for Will Butler’s ‘Anna’, directed by Brantley Gutierrez. Retired for almost half a century, the 1936 ocean liner once served Southampton in the UK, Cherbourg in France and New York in the States. These days it is permanently moored in Long Beach.
‘Something Like Happiness’ – The Maccabees
Director Joseph Connor took the reins on a trio of music videos for The Maccabees this year, all filmed in Elephant & Castle. Our favourite was ‘Something Like Happiness’, in which the Brutalist Aylesbury Estate resembles an ethereal, Narnia-esque landscape.
‘Carry On’ – Coeur de pirate
Canadian songstress Coeur de pirate dances around the remains of a 19th-century church near Montreal for her ‘Carry On’ music video. Only the outer stone walls of St Raphael’s Ruins remain after a fire in 1970 destroyed much of the building – and somehow director Kevin Calero was allowed to burn the grassland of the church for the shoot.
‘Victim’ – Dinamo Azari
The Vinyl Factory shot a video for musician Dinamo Azari’s ‘Victim’ inside the Modernist home of an Israeli politician. His 1990s house is located in Savyon, one of the wealthiest districts in Israel, home to many foreigners and a diverse range of architectural styles.
‘System’ – Hudson Mohawke
Filmmaker Dominic Flannigan, video artist Nic Hamilton and Hudson Mohawke came together to create a kaleidoscope of Manhattan’s skyline in ‘System’. One World Trade Center, which opened in late 2014, features heavily in the video, which was inspired by American composer Philip Glass’ sci-fi opera 1000 Airplanes On The Roof.
‘Hotline Bling’ – Drake
One of the most popular videos of the year, Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ took cues from artist James Turrell’s ‘Ganzfeld’ installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Like the piece, the music video is an experiment in light, space and colour – with the added bonus of Drake’s crafty moves.
‘Some Minds’ – Flume
Dancer Callum Linnane floats gracefully through the Sydney Opera House for Flume’s ‘Some Minds’. The video was a collaboration between the arts centre, the band and director Clemens Habicht, who has previously worked with Tame Impala and Bloc Party.