By dropping "Can't Deny My Love" last week, Brandon Flowers proved that he can make dope music sans The Killers. The track is a funky, awesomely 80's declaration of an inescapable love, highlighted by a danceable groove and Flowers' big, polished vocals. The accompanying video dropped today, and it's unexpectedly eerie and cinematic.
Set in frontier-era America, the video follows Flowers on a trippy journey through the night during which he gets solicited to accept a magic staff and has a run-in with a cult. Evan Rachel Wood lends her talents as the protagonist's lover and possible cult-member to great effect, injecting some star-power into the already high-quality production.
I thought of M. Night Shyamalan's The Village as the bizarre townspeople glared menacingly at Flowers making his way. It becomes clear by the group meeting scene that the magic staff being emphatically offered represents the undeniable love, and that Wood is the hopeless victim, literally elevated by its power. What's unclear is why or how she got there, or what would have happened if Flowers took the staff when it was first offered to him, but hey, we're talking about magic here so it doesn't have to add up.
The combination of the shimmering, 80's sonic aesthetic and the spooky, archaic visuals makes for an awesomely unique viewing experience. "Can't Deny My Love" is a quality single and the video is fantastically unexpected. Check it out below, and expect Flowers' second solo album, The Desired Effect, to be released May 18th via Island.