California grunge-pop trio Monster Treasure wasted no time following up 2016’s self-titled debut album, as they prepare to drop their sophomore LP II on Oct. 6. Today (Sept. 18), we’re premiering “Buttercream,” a compact slab of effervescent power-pop with a surrealistic, acid-washed video to match.
The footage whisks the band members (singer/guitarist Briana Granados, singer/bassist Rachel Orimo, drummer R.J. Mar) through a series of Technicolor dreamscapes, as they dance ebulliently to massive, fuzzy guitar riffs and hypnotic vocals that recall Dinosaur Jr. and Silversun Pickups. The song title is more than just catchy wordplay: the video climaxes with the band literally digging into (and demolishing) a heart-shaped cake adorned with the word “Buttercream.”
“Rachel told me that this song is about when ‘surrendering to love is like butta,’” Granados says. It’s a tireless theme, and accordingly, the video takes its cues from several other classic clips. “Rachel had me watch this YouTube video of a New Edition song to inspire some moves, but it kind of backfired in that it definitely didn’t have any positive influence on my awkward Michigan J. Frog style,” Granados jokes. “There’s a moment where we kinda channel ZZ Top. I was pretty stoked when my dad pointed that out.”
Monster Treasure’s II comes out on Oct. 6 via Leisure & District. Pre-order the album on Bandcamp and whet your appetite with the fantastical, dreamlike “Buttercream” below.