Trawling through my 2008 playlist, I re-stumbled across this astonishingly formidable video for The Last Shadow Puppets’ The Age of the Understatement.
Videos don’t get much grander: sweeping shots of Mother Russia, towering iconic onion-domed Moscow architecture, a foreboding echo-chamber come ice-rink, enigmatic Orthodox priests, a rousing chorus of Russian soldiers… and Alex Turner and Miles Kane riding Soviet tanks across endless Arctic ice fields.
Such majestic visuals can only be paired with an equally thundering tune. Blows Muse’s best attempts right out of the water.
The clip was directed by Frenchman Romain Gavras (son of filmmaker Costa Gavras and a cofounder of the collective Kourtrajmé). Romain also shot Simian Mobile Disco’s I Believe and Justice’s unbelievably stress-inducing video for Stress.
The #1 highlight of my job is experiencing these films as intended & to the maximum of their effectiveness: undivided attention to a big screen with a booming soundsystem, as opposed to a low-res YouTube window. Makes me think, Tony Scott should really get into music videos.
To this day, The Last Shadow Puppets is probably the most underrated project I’ve ever worked on. The power and intelligent crafting of these songs still blow me away. Also try: My Mistakes Were Made For You.