We know what you’re thinking: A Daft Punk-produced music video? Roll out the laser pyramid and bring on the tricked-out robot gear!
But with nary a helmet or geometric structure in sight, Daft Punk’s dance music auteurs Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (who produce under the name “Daft Arts”) team with director Bryce Kass to create a music video that is stark, haunting, and costume-free.
The tune — “Flushed and Flamelike, Themselves” — is off of L.A. singer-songwriter Douglas Armour’s 2008 album The Light of a Golden Day, the Arms of the Night. Its central lyric, “I can’t live one minute without you,” sets the tone of the heart-wrenching visual narrative, which finds a man with a penchant for head-banging running slow-motion through a mountain forest as Armour’s high-pitched voice rattles off laments of love.
There’s something seriously awesome about watching shirtless dudes head-bang on mountain tops, right? Watch the video below. Then tell us what you think in the comment section.
WATCH: Douglas Armour’s “Flushed and Flamelike, Themselves,” produced by Daft Punk