Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas (of The Strokes) collaborated on one song, "Instant Crush," which was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Random Access Memories album released earlier this year. Now, almost 7 months later, we're getting this very cool music video featuring a surprisingly touching love story between two mannequins. The mannequins are constructed and shot so incredibly well that they appear to be alive at some points.
Synthesizers and vocoder vocals dominate the sound, along with punk influenced quarter-note guitar and bass parts. Much like the Daft Punk album, there's a definite retro '80s vibe to the video. Casablancas is dressed in rag-tag clothing that could have easily fit into any number of coming-of-age movies from the decade. His dance moves and overall serious attitude seem like they're right out any number of '80s music videos. Not to sound condescending, but this reminds me of the smoother rock stuff of that era made by bands like Journey, Foreigner, and Survivor. The video is even in a retro TV shaped video format (4:3 ratio), as opposed to the now standard widescreen shape.
There's a certain amount of tongue-in-cheek humor and self-awareness about lampooning the '80s here, but the love story of the mannequins trapped in a museum is what really makes "Instant Crush" a beautiful and timeless video. Produced and directed brilliantly, it's a fitting visual for the romantic lyricism of Casablancas on the song.
Published on Dec 6, 2013
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Music video by Daft Punk feat. Julian Casablancas performing Instant Crush. (C) 2013 Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Source: Daft Punk YouTube Channel