Plenty of female artists have released videos this year in which they plunge underwater, hair flowing out behind them—Frankie Rose ("Night Swim"), Mr. Little Jeans ("Runaway")—and now Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier enters the fray, except hers is a little different.
For one thing, she wears a jaunty red swim cap throughout the thing, making her look like the infamous Little Edie Beale. For another, Monade's Marie Merlet has given it the faded look of an old home movie or series of Polaroids. She even works in a few synchronized swimming moves (nothing Esther Williams will lose any sleep over, but dreamy nonetheless).
It's all very lovely, and even a little haunting, but the scenario didn't completely grab me until things take a louder, more psychedelic turn at the four-minute mark. At that point, the images split in two, and a cool kaleidoscopic effect takes over.
Silencio is out now (I wrote about the first single, "Find Me the Pulse of the Universe," here). Sadier plays Barboza with Orca Team on Oct 3 ($12 adv/21+).