5 Incredibly Powerful Music VideosFrom FKA Twigs to SIA, these videos are moving pieces of art.
FKA Twigs - “Pendulum”
FKA Twigs—enigmatic performer, darling of the critics, VMA nominee—is fearless. But that’s what comes from cutting your teeth as a backup dancer in front of riotous crowds.
Indeed, it’s those difficult situations that she credits as the source of her growth as an artist. Because that’s the type of performer she is: never shy of a challenge, always pushing boundaries. Some might think that makes her weird. But for Twigs, that’s exactly the point.
FKA Twigs may be making a career as an enigmatic performer, but she’s not the only artist out there to have attempted to test the boundaries through art. Here are four other critically acclaimed (and at times controversial) music videos.
SIA - “Elastic Heart”
The video to “Elastic Heart” was greeted with both praise and controversy for its depiction of an adult and child dancing together upon its release. Directed by the singer herself and starring Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler, the performance was seen by many as being “pedophilic”, something which SIA later apologized for.
Atoms For Peace - “Ingenue”
Thom Yorke is no stranger to dance performances on film, but for “Ingenue” he teamed up with The Royal Ballet’s resident choreographer Wayne McGregor to create an abstact piece alongside dancer Fukiko Takase.
Sigur Rós - “Svefn-G-Englar”
The Icelandic band created an unforgettable piece of art in 1999 when they worked with director August Jacobsson on the video to “Svefn-g-englar”. The award-winning film features the Perlan special-needs theatre group acting out their interpretation of the elements. Powerful stuff.
POLIÇA - “Wandering Star”
Directed by ELY (Eugene Lee Yang), Poliça’s 2012 video to “Wandering Star” is a colorful, but dark, affair in a performance full of emotion and sentiment that will have you hypnotized from the start.