The music video to ”Coquet Coquette”, the first single from Of Montreal’s upcoming album False Priest (due out September 14th), washed ashore today and let’s just say that it’s not for the faint of heart. While the vid is by far the most narrative of the Athens band’s usual psychedelic visual trips, it’s also the darkest journey Kevin Barnes has ever taken us on. The three minute and 28 second blood-fest begins with barbarians storming a primitive island. After a gory battle, cannibalism and even necrophilia, we are left looking at the Janelle Monae collaborator and wondering, “What was that?”
Click below if you think you can stomach this vid and for our attempt at decoding “Coquet Coquette”.
Of Montreal’s lead singer explains, “[It was] inspired retroactively by M.Houellebecq, and certain unauthorized visions of the daughter of Cloud, this short film is, in part, an attempt to animate the profoundly sagacious quote of WvB, “Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation.”, and the shared consciousness dream we had concerning the inherent savagery of choosing sides.”
We believe Kevin is referring to Michel Houellebecq’s recent novel The Possibility Of An Island. The daughter of Cloud, might be a reference to a Fung Wan Chinese comic character (we’re sort of grasping at straws with this one). WvB was Wernher Von Braun, a German rocket scientist who’s quote above was used in the book Gravity’s Rainbow (perhaps some answers lie in there). We’re not sure where corpse-sexing fits into all of this. If you have any answers or insights please share them and comment below.