“So pardon me for asking, pardon me for thinking…”
It says a lot about their devoted fanbase that, even several years after their peak of popularity, the two gents behind The Mighty Boosh – Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt – are still able to make things cool by association. The latter is what brings us here today, as Barratt turns his eye to music video directing for the first time with New York electro duo Tanlines. It’s already had a stack of views almost entirely on the back of Barratt’s name being attached, but it’s worth noting that All of Me is far from a bandwagon jump.
The video maintains the absurdist quirkiness that made Boosh – particularly within its first season – so appealing. In a dimly-lit room full of senior citizens, a mysterious figure enters with a video (yes, an actual video for a VHS!), puts it on and shares Tanlines’ performance with the group. At first, they remain statuesque – until one brave soul cannot contain the rhythm within and gets up to… dance? I’m not entirely sure dance is the right word. It’s delightfully done from a choreography perspective, though; creating something dark and unexpected yet somehow undeniably joyous. See what you make of it.