A strange Day In The Life for Interpol that blurs reality with fiction and psychedelia as they have an actual press conference in Mexico City — check the recording of the livestream — where a character played by actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach brings chaos to the table.
Paul Banks, Interpol:: “I like to describe the video for ‘The Rover’ as a prequel. It’s the origin story of the character described in the song, the birth of a cult leader. When we meet him he is partly unhinged. He’s a man on the verge, an artist subjected to great pressures, and beset with existential frustrations. A distracted hipster who enjoys psychedelics, let’s say.
The events that take place in Mexico City, be it a bump on the head, a visit to a shaman, or the influence of his rescuers (the street gang known as ‘Los Locos’) trigger the birth – the eruption – of this new figure, ‘The Rover.’ His rescuers become his first followers.
In the end of the video he exacts his ‘revenge’ on Interpol with a mischievous act of disruption during the press conference. He grabs me by the head – to save me? Forgive me? Or simply as a gesture of his new independence – the butterfly becoming."
"Lost Kitten" shines a light on acclaimed ballroom dancer/actor Sheldon McIntosh aka Tynomi Banks, the "drag name" he performs under in his native Toronto.
Sammy Rawal, director: “We shot on a small island there [in Mexico] called La Isla de las Munecas. It's only accessible by a 45-minute trip via trajinera. On our way back to the mainland to shoot the last scene, we encountered a torrential rainstorm, and our trajineras started to take on water. The entire crew and gear were on these sinking boats, and all I could picture was bloodthirsty crocodiles and mutant anacondas waiting for us in the water. We finally approached the access point where passengers exit the boat, and the boat is lifted out of the water and over a cement barricade. As we got there, we found out that it had just been struck by lightning and we couldn't go any further. It was incredible.”
It may seem like Janelle Monae has let her hair down and delivered a straight-up performance — albeit a bouyant and off-kilter one, in the vein of "Hey Ya" — but then things cut away to a breaking news story about the Dance Apocalypse.
"That's Alright" takes the dance vibes of director Wendy Morgan's fantastic C2C "Happy" video to a different place, but keeps the same infectious charm. Singer Laura Mvula engages in a riotous dance routine that's as magical as the mystical touches throughout this '40s-vibed vamp.