Anyone following Stephen Malkmus since Slanted And Enchanted shouldn't be surprised that this lyric video off his new Jicks album is more obscuring that illuminating. Which isn't to say it isn't great — it is — but you won't come away knowing the lyrics unless you parlez-vous français.
Remember making out with your crush in your parent's station wagon? While lunatics smash the windows with sledgehammers, and a woman tapdances on the roof, and all sorts of other inexplicable madness? No?
You know a video is odd when the data-moshing is the most "normal" element in it. Director Scott Cudmore gives us a series of off-kilter portraiture shots that look like they were stolen from a Photo Studio run by somebody who enjoyed the chemicals just a bit too much.
Wouldn't you rather be in Bahamas right now? This video makes a strong case for both the place and this musical project, since they sounds and look enticingly strange and beautiful (even if they actually shot this in Cuba).