French indie-rockers' latest clip offers sweeping romance, karate kicks to the face.
Phoenix has given indications that the campaign around new album "Bankrupt!" will not be a typical promotional rollout: witness the epilepsy-sensitive neon promo that announced the album title on the band's website, or the Warhol-esque image being used as its artwork. The music video for "Entertainment" continues in that charmingly quirky direction: save for a brief cameo on a poster, the band is nowhere in sight, instead ceding the clip to a weird, decidedly epic tale of romance, violence and slow-motion running.
Apparently taking a cue from the majestic synth riff at the song's center, director Patrick Daughters' video showcases a faraway Far East, filled with samurais, nasty businessman, choreographed dances and long-haired pop singers. The clip ends in a particularly bloody manner, as a security guard gets a knife in the back and a turtleneck-sporting hero karate-kicks his way to love.
The bonkers music video precedes the Apr. 23 release of "Bankrupt!" on Loyaute/Glassnote. Last week, "Entertainment" debuted at No. 19 on the Alternative Songs Chart, and moves up two spots to No. 17 this week.
Last month, Phoenix announced a North American tour in support of the follow-up to their 2009 breakout album "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix." The trek kicks off on Mar. 28 in Vancouver, and will include a headlining gig at Coachella.