Wild Beasts Channel Talking Heads for 'A Simple Beautiful Truth' Video

U.K. quartet goes to the mountains for bizarre 'Present Tense' clip

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How's this for a music video concept? Four dudes head to a Welsh mountain and wander around, executing some weird choreographed dance, and once the sun goes down, their clothes light up and they do the same dance in a circle around an electric umbrella. That's pretty much what happens in Wild Beasts' video for "A Simple Beautiful Truth," an airy synth cut from their fourth album, Present Tense. If it all sounds kind of bizarre, well, that's exactly the point.

"We were inspired enough by the absurdist approach taken by Talking Heads to don electric suits and dance in the ether on the top of a Beacons mountain," the band said in a statement. "We wanted to capture the weightlessness of a song like 'A Simple Beautiful Truth,' to attempt something so ridiculous as to be sublime. The experience was strangely liberating and we asked ourselves why we hadn't done this before."

Between that and their acoustic rendition of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball," we can certainly say that Wild Beasts have a sense of humor. Enjoy the video above and pick up Present Tense via Domino Records.

Wild Beasts tour dates:

April 9 - Munich, Germany @ Strom
April 10 - Milan, Italy @ Elita Festival @ Teatro Franco Parenti
April 11 - Lyon, France @ Marche-Gare
April 12 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Plaza Club
April 13 - Lille, France @ Aeronef
April 15 - Brussels, Belgium @ Orangerie
April 16 - Paris, France @ Trabendo
May 8 - Belfast, Ireland @ Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
May 9 - Brighton, U.K. @ Great Escape @ The Dome
May 29 - Dudingen, Switzerland @ Bad Bonn Kilbi
June 6 - Athens, Greece @ Plissken
June 13 - Bergen, Norway @ Bergenfest
June 15 - Aarhus, Denmark @ Northside
June 21 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret
June 28 - Kiev, Ukraine @ Park Live
June 29 - Moscow, Russia @ Park Live
July 4 - Gdynia, Poland @ Open'er
July 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
July 12 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
July 14 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
July 15 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
July 16 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
July 19 - Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
August 15 - Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukklepop
August 16 - Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget
August 17 - Hamburg, Germany @ Dockville
August 31 - Dorset, U.K. @ End of the Road
September 6 - Isle of Wight, U.K. @ Bestival
September 9 - Rovinj, Hungary @ Unknown Festival

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