Massive Attack’s forthcoming Heligoland LP boasts a mighty slate of guest vocalists, none more sultry than the Mazzy star Hope Sandoval. And yeah, sultry is one way to describe the goings on of “Paradise Circus”’s Toby Dye-directed clip. Another way is “Titanic if it were a porn documentary,” where if instead of flashing back to cute scenes with Leo, Old Rose was flashing back to money-shots with Disco Stu. A sweet old woman starts the show by describing why she never really made it as a prostitute (typical grandma small talk), but how she really shined when a camera was on. Sexually speaking. Her reminiscences and descriptions of the sensations of physical attraction and orgasms are cut with actual footage from her “fuck film,” so strap in for ’70s-styled blowjobs and all the associated trimmings (or, lack there of). Massive Attack and Hope provide a seductively spacious soundtrack, but your attention will likely be directed elsewhere the first time through.
Two warnings: 1) the audio and the visual are NSFW, and 2) the video autostarts after the clickthrough. But mostly the first thing.
Heligoland is out 2/9 via Virgin. Pray for rain, or at least a cold shower.