Deerhoof Transform an Exorcism Into a Dance Party in ‘Breakup Songs’ Video
S.F. art-rock experts share a clip from titular LP
San Francisco art-rock enthusiasts Deerhoof are known for keeping it weird, and they hardly disappoint with the new video for “Breakup Songs.” The semi-titular track from the band’s 11th album Breakup Song is brief but memorable — two minutes of disjointed instrumentation that shambles its way to a strange sort of pop as vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki shout-sings three phrases in succession: “When you say it’s all over,” “Hell yeah,” and “Anyway.” Stereogum has just premiered the video, which is equally enigmatic and, eventually, oddly upbeat. When the Pieter Dirkx-directed clip begins, we meet some sort of shaman in a Shyamalan-esque bird mask, trudging through a medieval town and inspiring tributes of brightly colored vomit from whoever he passes. When the creepy figure reaches his destination an exorcism becomes an unlikely dance party.