LCD Soundsystem’s new Rian Johnson-directed music video for ‘Oh Baby’ is a brilliant sci-fi tear jerker
LCD Soundsystem never cease to amaze.
The New York indie dance icons are in the victory lap of a triumphant comeback behind their Columbia-signed American Dream LP, and the latest complement to the album comes by way of the new music video for “Oh Baby,” though calling the piece a music video feels considerably understated. The new feature, directed by Rian Johnson of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Breaking Bad fame, dives into a gut-wrenching sci-fi thrill ride, starring David Strathairn and Sissy Spacek, scored by James Murphy and company.
The video explores teleportation, and it wouldn’t be proper LCD Soundsystem if there wasn’t a heartbreakingly poetic love tie-in.The short feature is truly worth the watch — Strathairn and Spacek, who seem to play married scientists of sorts, fashion a teleportation device that they begin to test in various trials. Before their experiments reach a full conclusion, the story’s tune takes a dark turn and the two must finish their trials with a decision of heart, rather than of mind.
The video comes after the announcement of Nancy Whang and Gavin Rossum’s upcoming Ladies of LCD road stretch as well as a repeat-worthy reinvention of Chic’s “I Want Your Love” earlier this summer. Watch “Oh Baby” below.