Daft Punk has released the very Strokes-esque video for “Instant Crush.” And with good reason: The song’s vocals are sung by none other than Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, put through an autotuning meat-grinder, of course.
The video features Casablancas as a mannequin soldier in a museum display facing an Amish-looking broad, which apparently is something the plastic version of the singer really digs — maybe she’s a milkmaid? Anyway, they spend years upon montagey-years, while kids aim slingshots at his milkmaid and the janitors look up her skirt, and he’s forced to watch from afar, unable to… be not plastic. And then he’s cut down in his prime and moved to a storage unit, where the mopey-eyed soldier sits for even more years with dust collecting.
The whole time this strange, motionless love-dance between two inanimate people is going on, Casablancas is doing his awkward shuffles and finger shooting and leather jacket wearing and just being himself — an indie goofball. The song is one of the better, and perhaps more overlooked songs from Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories.” The album featured a plethora of great collabs like the Pharrell masterpiece “Get Lucky” and the repetitive, yet intoxicating “Doin’ It Right,” with Animal Collective’s beloved Panda Bear. Daft Punk just knows how to do it right.
Then in the video, the punks finally make their appearance, sorta. For a brief second the camera pans over to a shelf where you can spy the iconic helmets, which are oddly juxtaposed with all the old, worn-out busts and statues. A spark lights from a faulty fuse box and the whole place lights up, melting our eighth-note hero, but he’s not alone. Together he and his maid meet their liquidated fate, hand-in-hand, in a puddle of molten plastic. It’s an endearing ending, in a “Terminator 2” sort of way.
“And we will never be alone again.”
James Garcia is a community reporter at the Loveland Reporter-Herald and a new blogger at Reverb.