Pharrell Williams teased the arrival of the music video for his “Gust of Wind” collaboration with Daft Punk last weekend, and on Tuesday, the Edgar Wright-directed clip premiered over at Vevo. Plot-wise, “Gust of Wind” is just Pharrell walking around while forest nymphs dance and clap their hands, but Wright’s video does combine the beautifully choreographed aerial acrobatics of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with the bizarre earthbound Seventies sci-fi of Zardoz and Escape From the Planet of the Apes.
When the teaser was unveiled, we speculated that “the Robots” might be involved in some capacity in the “Gust of Wind” video. Unfortunately, the talents behind Rolling Stone‘s Best Song of 2013 do not reunite here. Daft Punk themselves don’t drop into the forest to join the “Get Lucky” singer, and their presence is reduced to two helmet-shaped boulders that hover and light up whenever their Vocoder-sung chorus kicks in.
As the video fades to black, we see “the Robots'” stenciled in silhouettes, but that’s it. Still, Wright employs enough visual tricks to keep your eyes glued to the video, which serves as another reminder of how mad we still are that the director was booted off of Ant-Man.
The “Gust of Wind” video comes just over a week after Pharrell dropped the video game-inspired clip for Girl‘s “It Girl,” featuring animation by designer Takashi Murakami. The producer is currently in Europe for a short tour before flying back to the States to step back onto the The Voice set for the singing competition’s live rounds.