March 14, 2019

Jonah Hill Defines His Style with Vampire Weekend Video

Mid-90s was the breakout hit of the summer. Now Jonah Hill refines his vintage taste with an ode to New York City. 

Jonah Hill went from comedy character actor to stylish indie director seemingly over the summer. But the truth is, his transformation was a long time coming. Mid-90s was a deeply personal journey that helped him begin to find his aesthetic and voice. Now he's back with the music video, "Sunflower," to Vampire Weekend. 

Vampire Weekend's newest album, “Father of the Bride,” is still a few weeks away from its late-April release, but they dropped the music video and track for “Sunflower” a little early. The video follows lead singer and songwriter Ezra Koenig through various famous New York locales, including Zabar’s and Barney Greengrass. He's joined by other celebrities along the way, from Jerry Seinfeld to rapper Fab 5 Freddy to The Internet’s Steve Lacy. Lacy also plays guitar on the track. 

The direction is the real stand out here, as Hill matches the song's vibe and spins the camera and screen to create a hallucinogenic vibe. 

Check out the video below. 

The widescreen format and flipping camera almost feels like it's capturing the events on an iPhone whose controller might be on a drug trip. Still, all the movements are smooth and intoxicating. We're kind of getting drunk on New York and the tiny neighborhood locales that make places like that special. 

It's nice to see Hill experimenting while steal leaning on the vintage, warm, tones he's used in the past. 

Vampire Weekend’s new album, Father Of The Bride, lands on May 5 via Sony Music.

What do you think about Jonah Hill the director?

Are you interested in more of his vintage outings or is there something else you'd like to see him do in the future? 

Let us know in the comments!      

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Remindes me of the early De Palma films like Dionysus in '69.

March 19, 2019 at 6:27AM

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