By Courtney E. Smith
The May/December relationship gets a fresh and deeply unromantic face, thanks to Franz Ferdinand’s new video for “Stand on the Horizon.”
It opens on a vast, muddy plain. There is no sunshine, no civilization — just the sense of eternal twilight.
The action kicks in with a shot of Franz Ferdinand playing in a small club, clearly in some backwater burg located smack-dab in the middle of nowhere Europe. The boys wear gold lamé jackets and play, somewhat listlessly, as young men dance with their older partners in synchronized moves.
Director Karan Kandhari describes his aesthetic here as, “An awkward look at innocence and experience. An attempt to capture a sparkle in the melancholy and a warmth in the strangeness. I hope people find it both sad and funny / hopeful and human. We either achieved all of this, or totally failed and ended up with an alternative universe version of Franz Ferdinand.”
In short, it’s a case of opposites attracting. What’s unclear is why everyone is so stone faced and if they are or are not re-enacting a bit of the movie Cocoon at the end.
“Stand on the Horizon” is the newest single from Franz Ferdinand’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, out last August.