On March 6th, The Magnetic Fields return with Love at the Bottom of the Sea, the group’s followup to 2010’s Realism. We’ve previously heard the album’s first single, “Andrew in Drag”, and now NPR points to its corresponding video. Director Scott Valins kept things close to the song’s lyrical content, sharply framing a man and a woman as they swap genders. To add some context, Valins expounded on the video’s themes to NPR, stating:
Stephin came to Valins&Co with this extraordinary song and together we explored the concept of playing with the ambiguities of gender and attraction. We took the opportunity to create a vibrant collage, exploring the intimate process of transforming ones gender. The backbone of the piece is a series of intimate portraits that lead the viewer to their own complex conclusions of what they are attracted to.
Given that we’re in America and some people get strung out on nudity (you can thank the Puritans), we thought we’d advise you that there’s nudity in it. So, NSFW? Check it out below at your own discretion.
Love at the Bottom of the Sea is out March 6th via Merge.