By Amanda Wicks
Combine something that looks straight out of French New Wave cinema with a laugh track and what follows is bound to be surreal. That’s exactly the feeling The 1975 seem to be going for in their new music video, “Somebody Else,” which they premiered today (July 8).
At over 8 minutes long, “Something Else” feels closer to a short film than a music video. In the opening 3-minute segment, frontman Matthew Healy, with his face painted up like a clown, returns to a barren room where a young woman sits despondent on the sofa.
Shot entirely in black and white, he proceeds to remove his attire and makeup before sitting on the couch next to the woman and speaking in garbled, warped audio. Although the band claims they were aiming for something along the lines of David Lynch with their latest video, the opening at least feels closer to Francois Truffaut.
When Healy decides to leave the depressing room, the scene transitions into color and the music video officially begins. He wanders the London streets, sticking to marginalized spaces that reveal the city’s seedier side. The video’s overall surrealism continues as Healy begins to see himself in all the people he encounters, be it a new lover or a diner patron.
“Somebody Else” appears on The 1975’s new album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.