As I write this, an unbroken gray hangs over Brooklyn, blotting out the sun and threatening rain at any moment. On the boat ride in from New Jersey this morning, the waves were so intense I still feel like the ground is rising and falling beneath my feet. It's not fully winter yet, but it is decisively no longer summer.
So it was a heartwarming treat to sit down this morning and discover The War on Drugs'
new video for their track "Nothing to Find", off their most recent album A Deeper Understanding
Set to a road trip through what appears to be the hills of sunny southern California, the video is awash with golden rays of sunlight, light-hearted banter and plenty of good vibes. Sophia Lillis, the darling Beverly of the new It
remake, makes a special guest appearance, along with a friend of a certain botanical nature. I can't reveal more about who or what plant man or woman is, because even I don't have that information, but the two make a charming duo.
For the majority of the video, there is no narrative or decisive plotline to follow. Just the carefree fun and pleasure of two friends enjoying the company of one another as they cruise a long and lonely highway, stopping intermittently to shoot some pool and dance in a field like nobody's watching. It's the perfect accompaniment to the jangly, psychedelic sound provided by the band.
Things take an emotional turn toward the end, and I'm not going to say I nearly shed a tear for an overgrown houseplant, but you'll just have to watch the video to feel what I felt. Combined, the music and the video make for a little ray of sunshine on a cloudy day.
A Deeper Understanding
is out now, through Atlantic Records.