“The Faces On The Floor” opens with sparkly neon retro pop and the camera on a baggie of white powder, but the new video from Elliott Vincent Jones isn't much of a rager. The clip co-stars Talvi Faustmann of Prince Innocence, who provides vocals on the song's chilly chorus. She idles around the city streets with a friend (the rising DJ, Young Teesh), then the nearly impressionistic VHS distortion of the camera lens follows them off to a photo shoot-slash-dance session.
The song, like the video, finds its bubbly spirit from self-knowledge rather than substances. Over email, Jones told us about how the song is a document of newfound sobriety and optimism for the future.
This song captures a very specific time and place in my life. I was about a year into being sober when writing this track last summer and I was really starting to see life in a much more playful way. It's a simple song about shedding skin and trying to show a loved one that you've changed for the better. It stands out from the other tracks on my EP and I wasn't used to writing anything like this. Consider this my first attempt at a straight up minimal pop tune. Plur.
Elliot Vincent Jones's Arto Arto EP is out June 10 on Bad Actors Inc.