N.E.R.D. Slow Things Down With Political “Help Me” Video

N.E.R.D.’s hauntingly sexy single “Hypnotize U” surprised us all with its production by French robo-duo Daft Punk. And in the wake of such an intriguig tune, the arrival of the Pharrell Williams-fronted trio’s plodding new song “Help Me” and its accompanying video—assembled from politically-minded historical imagery and live footage of the band—seems a bit ho-hum. Not that we’re opposed to a little social consciousness, mind you. Maybe it’s just because it’s Friday and we want to dance? Watch below.

The “Help Me” video, which was directed by David Spangenberg, was posted on N.E.R.D.’s official site yesterday. The dirge-y tune resembles a late ’60s/early ’70s-era protest song, and is set to appear on the trio’s upcoming fourth album Nothing (due out November 2).

Anyway, enjoy. And don’t mind us—we’re just going to go listen to “Hypnotize U” again.