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Kanye West reemerges from his 'Coldest Winter' [UPDATED]

February 23, 2010 |  1:09 pm

Last month, Kanye West made a tentative return to caps-locked, stream-of-consciousness blogging, but new work seemed far off for the embattled rapper/producer/awards-show-saboteur. Today, however, Kanye's own remix of his "808s & Heartbreak" track "Coldest Winter" gets an appropriately chilly video from Ye's frequent director Nabil Elderkin.

The Nordic-gothic vibe and levitating-woman-chased-through-the-woods plot has echoes of Royksopp's fantastic "What Else Is There?" clip, apropos for a song about the breakup of West's engagement and the loss of his mother. Though Kanye doesn't make an appearance in it, the song's edit is both epic and intimate, equal parts brutal taiko drums and ambient banshee shrieks and radio static. It's a perfectly spooky tiptoe back into public creative life for Kanye.

-August Brown

UPDATED: The headline of this post originally spelled Kanye as Kayne.