Buzzworthy Obsession: Broken Bells, ‘High Road’ Video

Broken Bells is the new collaborative project between James Mercer, mastermind behind The Shins, and Danger Mouse, AKA the guy who made The Grey Album as well as one half of Gnarls Barkley.

Broken Bells’ self-titled album, due out in March, promises a tantalizing combination of Mercer’s innate feel for pop melody and Danger Mouse’s mastery of all varieties of atmospherics and studio trickery.

Directed by Sophie Muller (Beyonce‘s “Deja Vu,” Kings Of Leon‘s “Use Somebody“), “High Road,” is the first video (and single) to come from Broken Bells, and it is anything to go by, the project could be as compelling, visually, as it is sonically.

Whether you think Muller’s “High Road” vid is a subtle nod to French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard’s legendary traffic sequence from Weekend (what up, film school!) or just a literal rendering of the song’s haunting, imagery-heavy lyrics, it’s a humdinger just the same.

In “High Road,” Mercer and Danger Mouse walk a not-so lonely road, full of crashed cars, abandoned kids, firemen and a horse (!), much like the experiences of the song’s narrator.

Broken Bells’ self-titled album is due out March 9th.