Fans of The Talking Heads will receive a nostalgic jolt from The 1975’s surreal new video for “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)”, the latest single from the British pop band’s just-released third album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.
In the trippy video directed by Warren Fu, frontman Matty Healy and the band recreate scenes from “Stop Making Sense”, the iconic Talk Heads concert film directed by Jonathan Demme.
The video begins with Healy napping backstage before a show, then embarking on a dreamlike journey that sees him wearing an oversized beige suit (albeit not quite as large as the one sported by David Byrne in the film), at one point leaping offstage when he realizes his suit has somehow erupted into flames — and then later drowns in that same suit.
In the video’s most meta moment, Healy winds up watching himself film the band’s “Sincerity Is Scary” video — a video within a video!
During a recent interview with Apple Radio’s Beats 1, Healy commented on comparisons that have been drawn between the band’s new album and Radiohead’s classic OK Computer.
“I mean, what do I say? I’m so humbled. It’s amazing but strange also,” said Healy of the comparisons.
“I think the reference to OK Computer is because the narrative is incredibly twinned with how we communicate on the internet and these kind of things,” he added, “which is obviously OK Computer in a nutshell.” Watch: