Following on from ‘Bad Habits’ and ‘Everything You’ve Come to Expect,’ The Last Shadow Puppets have released new track ‘Aviation’ from their forthcoming album which is their first in eight years. Unlike the hazy trippy psychedelia of ‘Everything You’ve Come to Expect’ (watch the video here), the new track is edgier and grittier, with a more ‘puppeter’ sound according to Miles. ‘Aviation’ is a proper rock’n’roll track, with a vigorous, dirty guitar riff and bass line throughout, slightly similar to the messy sex-infused ‘Bad Habits’. The band have always had innovative and exciting music videos, most notably ‘Standing Next to Me’ and ‘The Age of the Understatement’ and the video for ‘Aviation’ is no exception. The music video follows on from the ‘Everything You’ve Come to Expect’ video, with both shot on the same beach with Michelle Dawley cast in both. Whilst she is the elegant mysterious woman dancing around Alex and Miles who are both stuck in the sand in the first video, the sequel, so to speak, is more harrowing and distorted. She plays what seems to be jagged haunted bride, who’s watching Alex and Miles dig a grave which ends up to be their own. The video is aesthetically stunning, with a distorted edge to it; the 50s style criminal looking leader, the jagged bride in her white lace ensemble, and the orchestra with their eyes bound in white cotton just adds to the melancholy aura of the video. ‘Aviation’ opens with a messy orchestral ensemble, highly similar to the transition in ‘A Day In The Life.’ The track, which features the likes of Zach Dawes and Owen Pallett, is a heavy sensual pure rock track, with Alex and Miles’ vocals harmonising exquisitely as per usual. Given the last three singles, the album (due April 1st) is set to be one of this year’s best.
Watch the video below: