You may remember Justin Vernon and Channy Leaneagh teaming up earlier this year for “Tiff,” the first single off Poliça’s upcoming sophomore album. “Tiff” was dark to begin with, but the newly released video is violently disturbing. Featuring Leaneagh as both torturer and victim, the video very bluntly –- almost clinically -– depicts her going through various horrific procedures. Waterboarding, smashing fingers with a hammer, heavy beatings; all are portrayed in graphic detail, as Leaneagh sings lyrics such as, “Body buildings sickly fed/ Need my TV, I need my meds.” Directors NABIL and Mike Piscitelli know what they’re doing and the video is more than just shock value. In fact one of the most unsettling things about the video comes before any of the violence; it’s all there in the disorientingly narrow aspect ratio, which frames the entire basement scene in a claustrophobic hysteria. Check it out if you’re okay with the violent content.
“Tiff” will appear on Poliça’s new album Shulamith due out this Fall on Mom + Pop