One of our favourite new videos of the last week or so comes from San Francisco indie quintet Girls. First of all, the track itself, titled ‘Vomit’ (forget that, it has next to no bearing on the music), is a sprawling soul-rock saga, with one of the finest incorporations of a gospel choir into a rock song since The Rolling Stones made ‘Gimme Shelter’. And I wouldn’t make that claim lightly.
Opening with lingering shots of a cherry-red Mustang, the video depicts Girls frontman Christopher Owens trawling around the seedier parts of town, ‘Taxi Driver’-style, “looking for love” or something like it. It then spins out into a hypnotic, cinematic night drive; uneventful, absorbing and tailored perfectly to the song. And, after all this rich, enigmatic building up of anticipation, I love the abrupt anti-climax of the ending. You’ll see. The track is still available as for gratis download, so if there’s one free track you pick up this week, make it ‘Vomit’.