The New Pornographers Suffer Through Toxic Conditions in New Video
    • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 09, 2017

    • Posted by: Annie Brinich


    Canadian indie rock band The New Pornographers have released the video for the title track on their newest album, Whiteout Conditions. It's a catchy song, with clever, quick lyrics that appear to refer to opioid abuse and feelings of failure, all paired with a fast-paced melody. A.C. Newman, Kathryn Calder, and Neko Case lend their vocals; Dan Bejar, an on-and-off New Pornographer, is missing from this album to work on his new Destroyer project.

    The video is fittingly bleak, centering on three characters whose obvious feelings of guilt, failure, and desire eventually come to literally stain their entire existence, covering their bodies in a sticky-looking black tar. It's no upper, but it is a poignant contrast with the title of the track--whether suffering from whiteout conditions or soul-clogging tar, it's clear that the director, Kevan Funk, wanted to point out the desolation of a lonely, repressed existence.

    Whiteout Conditions is The New Pornographers seventh album--their first, Mass Romantic, was released in 2000 to critical acclaim. In March, the band debuted a music video for another song on the Whiteout Conditions album: the much more light-hearted "High Ticket Attractions", which might be a good chaser for the "Whiteout Conditions" video, especially if you've ever fantasized about riding a skateboard and graffitiing all the walls in your old high school.

    Also take a look back at our exclusive interview with the band:

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