The musicians behind two of last summer's biggest hits have a new video for their latest collaboration, and it's directed by geek culture king Edgar Wright. The video for Pharrell and Daft Punk's "Gust of Wind" takes place on a wooded mountain and features robed dancers and aerial silk performers set against a backdrop of monolithic, illuminated stone versions of the French duo's iconic helmets. The acclaimed director has dabbled with music videos in the past, but it's his first in almost a decade and is also the first project we've seen from him since he wrapped up the "Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy" with 2013's The World's End.
Wright combines the acrobatics with the forest setting in what looks like a subtle nod at early Eastern cinema (like the bamboo forest fights of King Hu's Touch of Zen, for example), but there are also visual touches that are distinctly of his style, like hands clapping to the beat in the extreme foreground of a few shots. It might not be the obvious hit that "Get Lucky" or "Lose Yourself to Dance" were last year, but if this musical collaboration keeps accreting talent like Wright — Katamari Damacy style — it'll be hard to complain.