Braids – “Taste” Video (NSFW)

I can already feel Braids’ great new album, Deep In The Iris, being relegated to the same perpetually underrated status as their previous two releases, Native Speaker and Flourish/Perish. That’s a shame, because Iris may be the band’s best album yet, filled with great and powerful songs. “Taste” is one of those many songs, and it’s just gotten the video treatment courtesy of director Kevan Funk, who the band had previously collaborated with on the “Miniskirt” video. It’s a striking, bold clip featuring vocalist Raphaelle Standell standing in the middle of a pack of dancers or alone in the woods cut together with stark shots of naked bodies. Here’s how Funk described the video in some notes written during its conception:

I see this as a series of scenes of various people (all different ages, races, orientations), mostly in their homes, naked. I see it as these scenes that would almost feel a bit like portraiture, these images that have a mixture of being beautiful and in someways haunting. Maybe just people alone, maybe together, not entirely sure. I like the idea of the viewer projecting this idea on to the individuals, that refrain of ‘we experience the love that we think we deserve’ somehow leading us to assume the type of life these people have had, who and how they love and have been loved.

Watch it below via Nowness.

Deep In The Iris is out now via Arbutus Records.