Fort Lean Battle Millennial Existential Paranoia In New Video
  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

  • Posted by: Frankie McSweeny-Glynn

"Might've Misheard" is the perfect track to help you transition from summer relaxation to sweater weather. The staccato guitar and steady dance beat is upbeat enough to remind you of the past few months spent sunbathing on your apartment building's roof, but it's got enough crunch and ambient noise to get you excited and ready to plan your Halloween costume. And the recently released music video only adds to the eerie vibe.

If you skip the first thirty seconds of the video, it seems normal enough. We open with young woman in her apartment, skyping with her parents after a breakup she clearly wants to forget. She slams the laptop shut when her Chinese food arrives, and then the video takes a B-list horror movie twist. The delivery guy has injected her lo mein with a chemical that gives food the ability to come to life. As she washes her face, the noodles attack this poor girl, who clearly just wants to veg out on her couch and drown her sorrows in GrubHub's finest (or cheapest) takeout. The video then switches to video game-like animation, showing our heroine as she battles her dinner, who now wears a mask of her ex's face. Once she defeats it, her ex returns to her, and they hold each other as the background transitions from a neon light show to her kitchen counter.

At first, it seems like the video concept and the track are at war with each other. The two storylines run separately of each other, but somehow they work. The music seems layered under the video as an afterthought. It plays for barely half the video, and when I could finally tear my eyes away from my laptop screen, I realized that yeah, that video really was fucking weird. But I was dying to give the song a few more listens. My first time rewatching the video, I paid more attention to how the music was woven in. Our heroine bounces along to the verse as she eats, and as she washes her face in her bathroom sink, the music fades as her food comes to life. The third time I watched the video, I was dancing along by the time the chorus came around.

"Might've Misheard" is an excellent track, smoothly combining the groovability of your favorite top 40s hit with the feeling you get creeping up your spine as you watch the first idiot in a horror movie get slashed down and left to die. This is definitely a song to jam to as you walk to the subway and crush freshly fallen leaves under your feet.

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