Brooklyn-based noise pop duo Sleigh Bells dropped the video from their forthcoming new single, “I Can Only Stare” and it’s fantastic.
The song itself suggests a more pop-driven direction for the band than previous records. The song itself is very hook-filled, and the songwriting wouldn’t be out of place in a Carly Rae Jepsen song. It’s got that early ‘90s mall-pop feel to it, with vocalist Alexis Krauss shining brightly on the track.
The video itself features three separate women played by Krauss with various looks in different situations. It’s directed by Alex Ross Perry, who helmed the 2015 film Queen of Earth starring Elisabeth Moss. Perry was handpicked by Sleigh Bells member Derek Miller to helm the music video.
“I knew from their prior videos that Sleigh Bells had a particular aesthetic and I was interested in finding ways to bring my working methods to that table,” Perry said of the idea. “Then instantly, I felt this was a song I could hear a hundred or so times in the filming and editing, which also proved necessary.”
“I Can Only Stare” is the latest song to come from Sleigh Bells’ forthcoming album Jessica Rabbit, out November 11 via their own Torn Clean label. Their only upcoming Los Angeles date is an appearance at the Tyler. The Creator music festival Camp Flog Gnaw the weekend the album comes out. Tickets to that festival are sold out.
WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “I CAN ONLY STARE” BY SLEIGH BELLS BELOW: