Cheatahs – “Murasaki” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Murasaki,” the methodically fiery opening song and title track from Cheatahs’ latest EP, was inspired by Japanese author Murasaki Shikibu’s undefinable 11th century epic The Tale Of Genji. I can’t say if director Matt Portman’s video — which features a suavely dressed man and woman playing out what seems like an upscale party or high-stakes crime drama before descending into minimalistic surrealism — is also inspired by Murasaki’s story. But I can tell you that it’s as arresting as the song itself, and you should watch it below.

Cheatahs are on tour in Europe this month. Check out the dates below, and get tickets here.

05/11 London, UK @ Oslo w/No Joy
05/13 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club w/No Joy
05/14 York, UK @ The Fulford Arms w/No Joy
05/15 Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
05/16 Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana w/No Joy
05/20 Brighton, UK @ Prince Albert w/No Joy
05/21 Bruges, BL @ Cactus Club w/The Hickey Underground
05/26 Bordeaux, FR @ Rock School Barbey
05/27โ€“30 Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound

Murasaki is out now digitally on Wichita and will be available on 12″ vinyl 6/15. Get the digital version at iTunes, and pre-order the vinyl here.