Listing out many of the best albums of 2011 (so far) yesterday, I knew I’d overlooked at least one worthy entry. The first to belatedly come knockin’ on my noggin’ was Foster The People’s Torches, as the Los Angeles band has premiered a music video for new single, “Call It What You Want.” Produced by Paul Epworth, the catchy dance-pop number makes excellent employment of an early ’90s-style house piano sound.
In the clip for “Call It What You Want,” Foster The People (some fine lookin’ fellas, it should be noted) have taken up residence in some sort of provincial estate, which becomes a playground for a series of incongruous mise-en-scènes that range from puzzling to mildly disturbing. Though this manse has nothing on the house from American Horror Story (and thankfully, Rubber Man is nowhere in sight), there’s some inexplicably weird and wild events taking place within these four walls.
Click play to see what goes down, and discover the best use of a flopping fish out of water since Faith No More’s “Epic” and food made to lip-sync through stop-motion animation since Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer”:
“Call It What You Want” is one of three tracks that Paul Epworth produced on Foster The People’s Torches. If there’s any justice in this crazy, mixed-up world, he’d better score a Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year, since Torches and three albums he had a (heavier) hand in — Adele’s 21, Friendly Fires’ Pala, and Florence + The Machine’s Ceremonials — are among my faves of 2011. That’s quite a quartet, so here’s hoping Epworth’s peers in the music industry recognize his talents and the year he’s had.