Jamie Lidell – “Telephone” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Jamie Lidell’s Lindsey Rome-directed video for “Telephone” features Jamie, a woman, and a telephone in front of a red theater curtain. Sounds simple, but you can do a lot with a scruffy, swaggering dude, a scantily clad woman carrying an “I wanna be your telephone” sign, and a basic old-school rotary. Lidell got heady/this is a pipe with it:

Exploring the libidinal economics of modern telecomms, “I Wanna Be Your Telephone” was always ripe for a tantalizing, uninhibited stream of images to accompany its naughty lyrical flow. Well, here it is! It’s a dance routine, a mini picture, an ascot, a homemade biscuit, a velvet drape, a hat, a pipe and a satin slip of a video … Relax in the knowledge that naughty is still real nice.

Compass is out via Warp. Lidell recently did a Take-Away. He’s also taking it on the road:

09/07 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
09/08 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
09/09 – St. Louis, MO @ The Old Rock House
09/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
09/11 – Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub
09/16 – London, ON @ Rum Runners
09/20 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
09/21 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
09/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
09/24 – Austin, TX @ Antones
09/25 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
09/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
09/28- Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
10/02 – Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theater
10/05 – Clagary, AB @ The Republik
10/07 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
10/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center