rapturous media–gasms surrounding sonorous Brooklyn rockers The National and their new album, High Violet, the video for “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” the band’s apparent first single from the album, may feel a little … anticlimactic.If you have somehow missed the
But that, their many rabid fans will tell you, is part of the National’s deal; they don’t do flashy or wacky or straight-up David Lynch-ian art-shock bananas; though they do, apparently, do cameos by D.A. Pennebaker, the legendary documentary filmmaker best known for the 1967 Bob Dylan tour doc Don’t Look Back and David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. See it after the jump:
Frankly, I’m a little unclear whether the video, with its pensive trench coat rambles and beardy ennui, is meant to be taken literally or as a sort of sly commentary on itself. Because on the face of it, I’m definitely getting Banana Republic ad vibes, or perhaps a commercial for New York Times Weekender subscriptions?
Anyway, I like the little fist-pump dance moves avec cocktail at the end, and I do, in fact, like the record. You?
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