Owen Pallett has shared the music video for “In Conflict”, the title track to his recently released fourth studio album. Directed by Jason Last and Jamie Rubiano, the clip feels like some Woody Allen gem fused with an Avant garde short film (complete with an opening quote from diarist Ned Rorem), as a series of people, Pallett included, attempt to achieve a level of physical and/or emotional interaction with one another. It’s awkward and funny, heartwarming and terse; effectively, a pretty great representation of this wacky thing we call the human experience.
In an interview with The Nowness, Pallett described the song’s scope as it relates to the video:
The song is about men; the ghost of my father whispering to me about human desire, and it’s about this moment in your life when you start to recognize that your body is a series of apparatus and you start to covet the bodies of people younger than you. I don’t identify as male, I identify as gender-queer, but I am very sympathetic whenever I see men throwing aside everything they have for the love of somebody new. It’s been the subject of so much poetry.
Watch it below.