Port Pirie dark-pop vocalist MANE has revealed the wonderfully weird visual for new track "What If The Love Dies", exclusively premiering today via Rolling Stone.
Front-and-centre throughout the video, MANE shuffles between soulful proclamation and menacing sneers that "you are my love", performing permanently blindfolded — and occasionally suspended from the ceiling — in the grand entrance foyer of mansion. Her band, also blindfolded, play in slow motion stutters behind her, subtle jolts of life throwing off their expressionless stances. The surrounding narrative of mirrored, almost-kaleidoscope scenes of both cities and wilderness features blinded lovers struggling to find each other and lonesome characters wandering aimlessly. The trippy, unpredictable visuals compliment the track itself, which switches sharply between dramatic electro-pop and near-acapella pauses that are peppered with harrowing, plainspoken statements of heartbreak: "sick of the phone calls, sick of no touch."
"We played on a 'love is blind' narrative quite literally," MANE explains of the clip, directed by Melbourne's Kieren Ellis-Jones, adding that "between the performance shots of the band, the story of two people evidently in love spans over three completely different eras in time... but there is a constant sense of distance between them."
Currently on tour in Europe, MANE will return home this summer for a run of shows in celebration of the new song.
MANE 'What If The Love Dies' Tour
Thursday, October 19th: Gasomete Upstairs, Melbourne
Friday, October 27th: Rocket Bar, Adelaide
Wednesday, November 1st: Rad Bar, Wollongong
Thursday, November 2nd: Brighton Up Bar, Sydney