Suede Bring a Camera Into the Studio for Claustrophobic ‘Barriers’ Video

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Long-dormant London band Suede returned yesterday (January 7) with a free download of “Barriers,” their first new song in a decade, and now the five-piece have put out a rehearsal room video to accompany their big-hearted anthem. Juxtaposing the track’s wide-arm embrace, this black-and-white clip consists of nothing but cramped close-ups of the group’s instruments and frontman Brett Anderson’s mouth. Nowhere to be seen are the lipstick traces, tinsel, lemonade sips, or invitations Anderson fusses over in the lyrics. Instead there’s just a weathered band diligently pounding out the first release of their next act. It’s an appropriately straightforward (albeit myopic) treatment for the initial peek at Suede’s upcoming back-to-basics sixth album, Bloodsports, due in March. The 10-track LP’s first official single, “It Starts and Ends With You,” drops in February. Hopefully that video won’t start and end in the recording studio.


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