Transcend reality with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds with the haunting video for “Magneto”
The newly released video for “Magneto” off of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Skeleton Tree bridges the gap between our reality and the singer’s subconscious he bares his soul over the course of this emotionally expansive cut.
The video (that is preceded by an epilepsy warning due to its use of flashing and strobing lights) begins with a shot of a sound board at a recording studio that is slowly warped by a fish eye lens, eventually blurring out the entire scene. Cave sits at a piano surrounded by bandmates and murmurs the lyrics to the track — it resembles spoken word poetry set to music more so than traditional singing. The black and white video is breathtaking, and the chorus “In love, in love, in love you laugh / In love you move, I move and one more time with feeling / For love, you love, I laugh, you love” is not only mesmerizing, but also acts as a mantra of sorts that anchors both Cave and listeners to reality. The eerie instrumental arrangements are driven primarily by piano notes, light percussion and string instruments; the music perfectly coalesces with lyrics, carving a haunting picture in listeners’ minds.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds play in Philly at the Electric Factory on June 5th as a part of their North American tour. In addition to this, the companion documentary One More Time With Feeling that was released with the album has a rerelease date of December 1st in most theaters. Tickets and more information about the show in June can be found here; prepare to be blown away by the video for “Magneto,” posted below.