The 1975 have shared a new music video from their freshly-released sophomore album, and it’s a sharp left turn from the bare-chested strutting we’ve gotten used to from frontman Matthew Healy. It’s actually quite a sad one.
Healy puts on a charming show as a white-faced clown, who falls for a female counterpart, then falls into the timeless tragic clown trope once she no longer swoons over his bits. But keep your chin up, Matthew; your clowning is on point (seriously, this video probably took a lot of rehearsal and improv) and you found quite a talented companion, too.
Check out the video for the misty-eyed ballad “A Change of Heart” below:
On Twitter, Healy listed his cultural reference points for his clown character:
— matty (@Truman_Black) April 22, 2016
The 1975’s new album (deep breath) — I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It — became their first to debut atop the Billboard 200. The set earned 108,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 3, according to Nielsen Music. It sold 98,000 in pure album sales.