Reflektor is one of my favorite albums, so I made these collages trying to keep the aesthetics of the album. The first one is inspired in supersymmetry, the statues are Adonis and Aphrodite, Adonis was the deity of plants and rebirth and after his death he flourishes every spring as a poppy flower to be with Aphrodite, the bright scarlet colour of the poppy signifies a promise of resurrection after death. The second statue is Joan of Arc and it needs no explanation, she was the badass woman ever.
The best music videos are a fully realized version of their song’s premise, a compelling visual adaptation of its themes. Here, the Grammy winners have emerged with a David Wilson directed video that is at once strange and sweet, unexpected and beautiful, teaming up with actor Andrew Garfield to tell a story that benefits from his total commitment to the performance, and from the singular tension between live and recorded art.
Filmed in part during their headlining set at Coachella – and afterwards in a bedroom, a bar, a dance floor – that performance is given new and layered meaning through this release, one that suggests a new way to integrate performance with video. It accomplishes this while also presenting polished visuals, and a relevant social message well-suited to the song, without ever feeling redundant or self-important.
Reflektor is out on Merge Records, pretty much everywhere. This is the second single.
Belle & Sebastian’s upcoming album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance won’t be out till January 2015, but today they gave us an early taste with the new single “The Party Line”, a slinky "Your Cover’s Blown“-like disco tune with some Reflektor-esque production. I like it.
Girls in Peacetime Want to Danceis out 1/20 on Matador