Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Trippy Animated Video for ‘Necessary Evil’
On Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s latest full-length, Multi-Love, frontman Ruban Nielson details the messy tangles of a polyamorous relationship between three partners in nine tracks of soulful psych-pop. In the new video for the album’s penultimate track, “Necessary Evil,” the band proves that messiness can be just as crippling with just two people involved.
The Sean Solomon-directed clip features a brightly animated couple, who, whenever remotely approaching some semblance of intimacy, fall apart in physics-defying ways. It’s a deceptively sweet visual that speaks to the song’s very heart: “Lovin’ me could your fatal flaw.”
“The video is an abstract love story about two characters whose insecurities and paranoia eventually drive them apart,” Solomon explains in a statement. “I tried to show both character’s perspectives using elements from the lyrics.”
Multi-Love landed in May via Jagjaguawar. It follows Unknown Mortal Orchestra's 2013 sophomore effort, II. The band's tour returns to the U.S. on Jan. 29 when they'll play a show in Seattle. They have more stops planned through February, culminating with a two-night stand at Irving Plaza in New York City on Feb. 19 and 20. Take a look at their complete itinerary and find ticket information at the band's website.