Photo: Tracey Ng
Kero Kero Bonito sounds like an effervescent dream given form, so it’s only fitting that their latest single should embody that. The London-based bilingual indie pop and rock trio’s video for “Make Believe” sees them taking their left-of-center aesthetic and cranking it up ten-fold to deliver a glitchy, mesmerizing video that is perhaps more nightmare than dream.
Directed by James Hankins, “Make Believe” follows bubbly lead singer Sarah Midori Perry through a backdrop that shifts from wholesome twee to glitched-out dilapidation at the drop of the hat. The jury is still out as to whether the entire experience is a pure delight or slightly unnerving. “Make Believe” is more than just the Perry venturing around what can best be described as a hallucinatory-ridden warehouse space that soon devolves into chaos and spectacle.
The song and video also serve as the trio’s announcement of signing to Polyvinyl Record Co., as well as a glimpse into what’s to come on their long-awaited and soon-to-come sophomore album Time ‘n’ Place. And that’s still not all. To coincide with Kero Kero Bonito’s upcoming world tour, the band has released the aptly-titled B-side “World Tour 2018.” Taken together, the double release not only demonstrates the trio’s vast ability to push the conventional boundaries of pop, but it makes us certain that this is a world tour not to miss.
Watch the video for “Make Believe” below:
And listen to “Make Believe” and “World Tour 2018” below: