Monday, 21 January 2013

Crystal Castles: Sad Eyes - new video




Crystal Castles seemed to have got very grown up with this latest album. They've been interviewed (even the elusive Alice), they seem to be more 'pinnable' down than they have in the early days, they've been thanking fans for fan videos and now they've released an official video for 'Sad Eyes'. (Not the whole track though, don't be so greedy)


As much as I liked Ethan and Alice's sulky, uncooperative air of mystery (there always seemed something carefree and even comic about it), this small window into what makes them click is making them both more interesting. Promo pictures have often obscured them, ranging from clean and stylised to drugged up, hiding their faces with cup cakes or Jedi style hoods. There has always seemed a level footing in the partnership about them, equally mysterious, equally inputting in this mad creativity without the cliché 'availability' of a front woman and moody guy pressing buttons in the peripheral 'thing'.

This video is more revealing, it's as good as 'Celestica' from 2010 and much better than last year's 'Alice in an empty swimming pool in some sort of gothed up wedding gown' which just didn't work (and the track has escaped me even though I loved album II).



It starts with the bang and chaos of live (ish) footage, strobing to Alice's 'sad eyes' (and new purple hair, very nice!). Her pose is a strange mix of vulnerable yet defiant, a kind of signature look for her and maybe that's why she's ended up punching the odd crowd groper; it's a sort of 'don't mess with me' anger that's feeding into the music, lyrics and claustrophobic beats of their music.

There's some masked in 1000+ denier tights snogging action symbolising a robbery of someone's face? Who knows? It clips to Ethan with a Barbie doll behind him, sparklers, Alice in some strange, Stepford wife get up cradling a small girl, clipping to more masked men in a 'Clockwork Orange' type tunnel.  Barbie appears behind Alice while Ethan helps up a young woman up off a pavement and Alice dances with a fag in a Marge Simpson jumper. A little girl looks on.

It's all a bit 'wah wah' but surely a comment on female repression and faceless intimidation? Great song, check out the video and see if you can de-code it.

Sadly I think music videos have died a bit and bands have got lazy, I like it when you can get your teeth into one personally, even if it's unfathomable in places, in fact, even better. Thank you Crystal Castles...do more.

Ssion: Luvvbazaar-another brill video.




And here's another great video from Ssion's album 'Bent'. (I don't think he does 'subtle') I really, really love this tune. It is heavy with memorable hooks, funny and charming and the supermarket scene/break in the track is comedy genius and musically perfect. Biggups to the drag queen outro. Amazing.

Who says you can't sport red lipstick and a big moustache...Luvvbazaar.


Related Post:

Crystal Castles Album Review III

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