If you were playing a word association game and someone tossed out “Rue Morgue,” “Britpop” probably wouldn’t be the first word to claw its way up from the murky depths of your damaged psyche. However, UK alt-rock outfit Keane released a video this week that just happens to be horror-centric enough to earn it some space on the ol’ RM blog. Who knew?
The video for “Disconnected,” a track from the band’s upcoming album Strangeland (out next month from Interscope Records and probably not connected to the 1998 Dee Snider movie of the same name), was co-directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and Sergio G. Sánchez, who previously collaborated on the excellent 2007 Spanish creepshow The Orphanage. It’s an homage to ’70s horror flicks like The Shining and The Amityville Horror, and was shot in a Barcelona house that is supposedly home to a few restless spirits. It’s not the sort of music you’ll find on the third volume of our Hymns from the House of Horror (which you’re downloading, right?), but it’s interesting to see so much classic horror imagery juxtaposed with Keane’s treacly ruminations on failed relationships and feelings or whatever.