While we’re not necessarily dealing with concepts of awe-inspiring geographical grandeur as in their last video, I think it’s safe to say that karaoke is some serious business too. At least if you go to the bars I’ve been to. Do not screw up some of these people’s game faces. The imagery here for Australia’s bloopy-dance-chill outfit RÜFÜS’ “Desert Night” is no less captivating for its insularity.
“We like our film clips to be their own stories,” the band explained of the video, directed by frequent collaborator Katzki. “We’ve never been huge on the idea of starring in one of the clips. But, Katzki came to us with this semi 80’s inspired car chase in the desert (think Mad Max) mixed with some cute karaoke dance sequences we were sold straight away. It felt like it wasn’t taking its self too seriously. Which we liked.”
Katzki mentions Wong Kar-Wai’s Chungking Express and Fallen Angels as reference points. “The main influence was the playful loneliness that those films have, both in the characters and the style.”
There’s a sense of loneliness to the song as well. It sounds like solo dance music, or, if you’re lucky, the type of song that you could lose yourself in with one other sympathetic soul.