After announcing the imminent release of their fifth album Bankrupt!, French popsters Phoenix have produced a video for the first offering from the LP. ‘Entertainment’ is the first single to be taken from the new album and the video certainly fits with the oriental hooks that run through the track, which sounds a bit like a less annoying version of chopsticks played by French people with good hair. And I mean that in a good way. It’s clear the band are continuing with the catchy-as-hell pop bursts found throughout their previous album, and the track also hints at some global influences, no doubt informed by their extensive touring experiences.
The video is a rickshaw ride through pretty much every oriental pop culture reference you can think of, a bit like reliving the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony if it were produced by a tourist information board. Watch the video below and you’ll see what I mean.
Bankrupt! is out on 22 April on Loyaute/Glassnote Records/Atlantic Records UK.