When October hits, the spook factor goes up and I've been tracking the most horrifyingly entertaining music videos released this year! Here are my seasonal selections that may lead you to sleeping with the light on.
Weyes Blood - "Everyday"
Nostalgic for that '80s horror film trope where beautiful young people stay at a cabin in the woods and they start disappearing? Weyes Blood gives us the splat and camp factor that looks like it could take place in any one of our wintry, Colorado mountain towns.
Foals - "Exits"
This plays out like an episode of Black Mirror. It's arty, seductive, surreal, political, and takes place in a dystopian future. Game of Thrones fans: keep an eye out for Bran Stark!
Better Oblivion Community Center - "Dylan Thomas"
What is Better Oblivion Community Center? Is it a cult? Should the curious couple enter the house when the Riff Raff/Lurch-looking butler answers the door? Will the guests survive the night? Enjoy the sublime charm of indie powerhouses Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst as we root for them to make it out alive!
Warbly Jets - "Cool Kill Machine"
The creepy masked protagonist adds to the explosive immediacy of Warbly Jets' single "Cool Kill Machine."
Beabadoobee - "I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus"
Beabadoobee wasn't born until 2000, but her sound channels some of the women from the '90s that I will forever love to rock out to! Plus her '90s love perhaps goes to new heights in this song "I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus." No cameo from the Pavement/Jicks frontman, but instead an ALIEN INVASION!
Orville Peck - "Dead Of Night"
The self-proclaimed queer outlaw country musician is already masked -- a crooner that wears a fringed bandit mask with a cowboy hat. His look has already become iconic and this video has some serious David Lynch nods.
Death Valley Girls - "Dream Cleaver"
Who needs carving pumpkins when a watermelon can have the same effect? But that is just one part of this video that takes us into the woods and leads the sister-like cult to conjuring up spooky oddities from a cauldron.
Billie Eilish - "All The Good Girls Go To Hell"
A winged Billie Eilish falls to Earth and roams an apocalyptic landscape that is terrifying to watch, but also has a deeper meaning for the pop star as she says the song is about global warming.
Mac DeMarco - "On The Square"
Mac DeMarco is weirdly entrancing in this video as an performer who sticks his face into a milky birdbath to emerge as different masked animals.
Aldous Harding - "The Barrel"
Get seduced by the otherworldly chanteuse Aldous Harding, and keep watching for the horrifically comic payoff towards the end!