Friday, January 27, 2006

Michel Gondry Directs New Video For Kanye West

NOTE: It appears the reason this wasn't released was not because they were just waiting for the right time to release it, but rather because Kanye apparently hated it (why?!) and refused to release it. Kanye and director Chris Milk have since teamed up to shoot a video for Kanye's next single, "Touch The Sky", which you can now download at this post. Anyway, below is the original post before I realized the video had been rejected.

Michel Gondry, arguably the best video director of all time and one of the greatest cinematic minds of the last 20 years, proves he's still got it (not that there was ever any question) with his latest playful clip for Kanye West's "Heard 'Em Say". Though the song has already seen two previous video incarnations, this should do a grand job of supplanting both whn it hits airwaves in the coming weeks. This has been floating around the internet for nearly a month now, but has yet to see an official release, thus it was excluded from my Top 65 Videos list.

Though not on par with the masterpieces Gondry has directed for The Chemical Brothers ("Star Guitar") and The White Stripes ("Fell In Love With A Girl" and "Hardest Button To Button"), his video for "Heard 'Em Say" is more of the Gondry magic we've come to know and love. In the clip, Kanye and three adorable kids play sidewalk baggers who are invited in from the rain by a kind-hearted security guard (that guy from Maroon 5) to spend a night of magic inside Macy's. This certainly won't be one of the best of the year, but it's enjoyable nonetheless, and it's worth watching if for no other reason than the fact that it's Gondry.

Below is the video for download, which you can get in both high-resolution QT format or in iTunes/iPod-compatible .mp4 format (20.6 MB).

Video: (Direct Links)
"Heard 'Em Say" - Kanye West (ft. Adam Levine)
"Heard 'Em Say" - Kanye West [iPod Compatible]
{Directed by Michel Gondry}