Music videos that present alternative universes: Janelle Monae, Troye Sivan, more!
Music videos are a huge part of the industry for musicians, as they use them to express their images and concepts to the world.
Many iconic videos have graced fans’ TV and computer screens, like Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s “Telephone,” Madonna’s “Vogue,” Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” and more.
Besides these artists, there are also singers who take risks and push the limits of their creativity by creating alternative universes with a deep history and a long duration.
From Janelle Monae to Troye Sivan, here are some of the best alternate universe clips.
Years and Years – Palo Santo
Even though the band disbanded a few years ago and frontman Olly Alexander is the only one to carry on their legacy, the band left their mark on the industry by releasing their short film “Palo Santo.”
Directed by Fred Rowson and produced by Blink, the short/music video is the sequel to their previous singles “If You’re Over Me” and “Sanctify”.
The story turned around a futuristic science fiction musical ensemble where androids have reigned and are thirsty for emotions.
The album of the same name is based on a fictional world that features religious iconography and breaks down rules of gender and sexuality.
The record is also considered the group record last album in threesome.
Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
Janelle Monae broke barriers by releasing “dirty computer [Emotion Picture]as a narrative accompanying his 2018 album of the same name.
The video, which lasts 46 minutes, turned around the story of an android named Jane 57821 who wants to free himself from the norm and from a society that forces homophobia.
Apart from the singer, the short features other celebrities like Tessa Thompson, Jayson Aaron, Michele Hart, and many more.
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Troye Sivan – Blue Quarter Trilogy
For his 2015 album, Australian singer Troye Sivan released a trilogy for his songs “WILD”, “FOOLS” and “TALK ME DOWN”.
The three singles were originally released as separate music videos following the same storyline, but were later re-released as a short film.
The 12-minute music video is about Troye falling in love with his childhood friend named Matt.
The story ends in heartbreak as the two never end up loving each other.
Taylor Swift – Too Good (10 minute version)
For the final clip on this list, Taylor Swift released the highly anticipated short for her song “Too good (10 minute version)from the album “Red (Taylor’s Version)”.
Although the singer didn’t name Jake Gyllenhaal as the sole inspiration for the song and the script, many fans believe the short film is about their romance.
The music video features Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien. It was written and directed by Swift herself.
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