Phoenix’s ‘J-Boy’ Video Is A Public Access Italian Disco

05.12.17 4 months ago

Phoenix is staying true to the aesthetic that they’ve decided on for their long-awaited album Ti Amo. The indie-poppers album has been compared to an Italian disco and the first single “J-Boy” certainly fit the bill. Now, they’re doubling down on that idea with a video that looks like it was beamed right off of a public-access Italian disco showcase from the ’70s.

The video — directed by Warren Fu — is all lens flares, and odd reflections as the band plays from atop some sort of pyramidal stage for an audience that’s only mildly interested. I don’t speak Italian — probably because I don’t shop enough — but it seems like the hosts reference this delightful video from around the Bankrupt! era before letting the band launch into their song. While we don’t get to see what the band said in the post-song interview — carried out in a chitnzy, faux cafe in the studio — we do get some sweet nostalgia via the static lines and blue screen of a blank tape. Check it out up top.

Phoenix are currently on tour, with upcoming stops at Shaky Knees and Governors Ball, but fans who don’t want to shell out for the live experience can snag the album when it drops on June 9 via Glassnote Records.

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