Remember that scene in American Beauty that brought a bit of arty pathos to the mainstream blockbuster—a plastic bag caught in the torpor, wrestling with itself against unseen forces? The Rapture’s new video for "Sail Away" goes for a far more whimsical depiction of that same existential struggle. Lead singer Luke Jenner wrestles with what looks to be a gigantic deflated helium balloon. Dressed like some sort of cross between Robin Hood and lawn guy, he tames the balloon, while band mates/rabbis Vito Roccoforte and Gabriel Andruzzi conjure the wind by way of a shofar and conch shell. Strange times, but worth the struggle!
November 16, 2011