Oh, Black Keys. The more I learn about you, the more I like you. You already had a perfectly acceptable video for “Gold on the Ceiling,” but now you’ve enlisted freak-auteur Harmony Korine to direct a second version. I doubt you’re actively trying to alienate your entire fanbase, but you’re doing whatever the hell you want. And I respect that. Especially when it involves Harmony Korine.
Shot in a macabre alternate reality, the rock duo are strapped into baby bjorns, held by gigantic masked doppelgangers. The scenes are mostly just a few frames looped over and over again, making it seem like the demented tableaus are causing your computer to malfunction. There’s also an appearance at the end by “The ATL Twinz,” a pair of thugged-out, uncomfortably close twin brothers who are basically a walking Harmony Korine movie. Korine wanted his latest film Trash Humpers to be a nightmarish vision that you could find in a VHS bin at a garage sale. However, “Gold on the Ceiling”’s freakish and unsettling images are tempered by the song’s ubiquitous garage buzz. It feels more like fan-made found footage tribute to the Black Keys than a pure document, which is still compelling if a bit less immersive.
The Black Keys’ El Camino is out now. Korine’s new film Spring Breakers (starring Selena Gomez and James Franco. Yes, really) will be out soon, god willing.