In the video for "Wildest Dreams," Taylor Swift and Scott Eastwood act out the story of a love affair set in Africa (although her scenes were filmed in California). YouTube hide caption

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Director Of Taylor Swift's New Video Defends His Work

"Wildest Dreams" depicts a love story set in Africa, circa 1950, the director notes. It did not have a political agenda, and did have people of color in front of the camera and on the creative team.

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Mitski

Mitski's music is dark and even scary, but glimmers of beauty peek through.

Gabrielle Smith performs as Eskimeaux at a Tiny Desk Concert on July 14, 2015. Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Eskimeaux

There's lighthearted, almost childlike beauty in the way Gabrielle Smith puts words to song.