What better way to introduce The Suburbs to the New Sick Music pages than with the video for their single, “When We Were Young”, which comes off Hey Muse! the second album since their comeback — a comeback that arrived after 25 years of silence.
The Minneapolis band began their successful journey in the 80s, hailed for their ability to be nuanced, danceable, and both mainstream and hip — and though their sound is fresh, it still carries these traits to this day. You don’t have to look further than “When We Were Young” to see that.
The clip for their video features slow-transitioning live footage in bright colours that captures the foggy and electric energy of a live show. It moves in time to the lingering notes while the guitar riff spins a dark edge. The vocals take over the melody and peel back layers of emotion by building harmonies and allowing synths to elevate the atmosphere.
In every instance of the song and the footage, it is clear that The Suburbs have come a long way and honed their craft. They may be reflecting on their younger days, but this track makes me grateful that they are creating in this moment.