This celestial synth ballad has Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas singing about a relationship that's falling apart and the feelings of loss that come with it. It's the first single from The New Abnormal, the band's first LP in seven years.
The Strokes debuted the song, along with its animated video, at a political rally in support of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire on February 10, 2020.
In the video, directed by Mike Burakoff, a young boy uses his imagination to escape the horrors of his home life, which is fraught with domestic violence. The intergalactic world he conjures references several animated classics of the '70s and '80s - including the oppressed rabbits of Watership Down, the vengeful, sword-wielding warrior maiden of Heavy Metal, and The Neverending Story, a tale of another boy's escape into a fantasy world. "The references to Heavy Metal,Watership Down and The Neverending Story, are fairly obvious," Burakoff told It's Nice That, "but in the process of making this video, Benjy [Brooke, producer] turned me on to some other animated masterpieces of the era: Angel's Egg, Time Masters, Gandahar, the Neo Tokyo anthology, the Memories anthology, Fantastic Planet. It's no mistake that this video reminds people of so many classic animated movies. We wanted to recreate scenes and characters that could have actually appeared in those films. But they aren't quite the same, they seem a little off and that gives you this feeling of nostalgic unease… Is this memory real?"
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