7 Indie Videos With Dance Moves That'll Blow Your Mind
At least in the US, music videos with killer dance moves are largely a relic of the past–save for those from Beyoncé and FKA Twigs. Back in the day, J-T and his N’Sync crew b-boy stepped their way into our hearts. There was Destiny’s Child. All of TLC. The scarcity of dance music videos today can be attributed to the downfall of boy and girlbands–on-point choreography is no longer vital to performance in pop productions (although maybe the success of Fifth Harmony will take us back to that time). Where did all the dance moves go? Did we let it reign, and clear it out? It seems, like the city of Zion in the Matrix Reloaded, that dancing has headed to the underground. Here are 7 gems in the world of grooving, gyrating, and getting down on the dancefloor. Check it.
Lorn – Acid Rain
Lorn’s brand of electronica sounds depressed and desperate, as if Nine Inch Nails bionically fused with a dusty amp in a grim London club. The staggered, guttural IDM provides the perfect ambiance for Acid Rain’s music video. In it, a band of post-mortem cheerleaders dance with aplomb around a diner before returning to the spot of their demise. The visuals recall the American gothic lighting of photographer Gregory Crewdson, and the sinister edge of It Follows. Dance as if your life depends on it.
Majid Jordan – Forever
A man dances his way through Toronto’s iconic sights as if no one is watching. Majid Jordan, a singer/producer duo on Drake‘s OVO Sound, have the sort of heartfelt, bass-driven music that lends itself perfectly to such open kineticism. Ideally, this is what my morning commute on the subway looks like.
Klyne – Paralyzed
The power in this dance video comes from its simplicity. Initially, viewers might regard the two dancers, silhouetted against stained glass, as a farce. The dancers’ profiles look so similar that it could come off as a cheap effect–some Final Cut mirroring. Upon closer inspection, however, one can see that the dancers are in fact two separate entities. The song, the choreography, the stabs of flickering all convey a sort of entrapment–the heavy weight of love.
Zinja Hlungwani – Nwa Gezani My Love
This music video brings us the sounds, visuals, and dance moves of shangaan electro, a genre from South Africa that brings tinny synths and drum beats to more traditional sounds from the Tsonga people. The result serves up a lo-fi slice of dance music (and its accompanying dance moves) that are rarely broadcast internationally.
Le1f – Koi
Anyone that has seen Le1f‘s live performances knows that the boy can dance. His ballet moves switch into jukes and vogues that enhance his “riot boi” club rap. In this particular video, we arrive at a dreamy tropicalia, full of floating fish and disembodied lips.
Chairlift – Amanaemonesia
We admit it. We might have a bit of an obsession with Chairlift, the Brooklyn duo whose music and music videos have been stealing our hearts for the last decade. Singer Caroline Polachek is an accomplished dancer, and nowhere is that more evident than in their music video for “Amanaemonesia.” If I ever successfully pull off a dance floor takeover and get a circle around me, these are the moves I’m pulling out. It’s a surreal performance that we’ll never tire of watching.
Destiny Frasqueri – Soul Train
Destiny Frasqueri (formerly Princess Nokia) brings back the Motown soul in the music video for her song “Soul Train.” Whereas the music takes more liberties with the inspirational material, the music video, directed by Asli Baykal, is more of a straight homage. Some of the wardrobe might be updated, but, as far as the dance moves and the washed out Technicolor vibes go, this is a resounding success. I wanna dance, well how about you?
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