Following on from their last album Foil Deer
in 2015, and the EP Foiled Again
in 2016, Speedy Ortiz
will return in April with their third LP Twerp Verse
. Heralding the arrival of this new record is "Lucky 88", complete with a slimy, technophobic video.
The video, directed by Emily Yoshida, is a weird mish-mash of colorful lighting and cheap horror shtick starring frontwoman Sadie Dupuis as an apathetic consumer with her phone glued to her hand. Dupuis gives a great performance, embodying the track's sardonic wit with a constant expression of glowing irony. It's simple and effective, with striking low-key visuals and some implied commentary about fleeting pleasures and the impermanence of our online lives. Plus, there's some creepy goo threatening to overwhelm the whole thing and consume us all, which is fun.
It's an infectious tune too. Sadie Dupuis has been chipping away at her synth-pop side project Sad13
and it's clear that this influence has bled across into her work with Speedy Ortiz. "Lucky 88" sees the band in poppy form - less guitar, more synth, and a hooky chorus. It's never saccharine though, with the cynicism of Dupuis' lyrics undercutting the catchy melodies.
"Lucky 88" is our first taste of Twerp Verse
- out April 27th via Carpark Records.