Little Dragon - Test
For me, this video represents the charming details of making a lo-fi visual representation of a song. It’s almost as if the video is a constant series of in jokes, like the washed-out pastel t-shirts that look as if they were suggested by someone’s mother so that everyone would “match”. But there are other subtleties that can be visually arresting. When Nagano skillfully taps out a rhythm on a tambourine, it’s actually sexy. That’s hard to imagine in a genre where sexy usually involves butt floss swimwear dripping with off-brand corn oil. Even the dirty mop-topped back-up dancers seem like a tongue-in-cheek nod to the arbitrary surrealism that passes for serious artistry in many videos. I’ve also come to appreciate videos that eschew coldly angular choreography for something more spontaneous and individualized (or at least the appearance of individuality and spontaneity). “Test” looks like it was a fun video to make; you can see it in the tamped down grins that crack through the faux serious faces they wear as they clumsily mime their way through the shrug dance of the Robert Palmer girls.