Japanese Breakfast is set to release her new album, Jubilee, on June 4th via Dead Oceans, and today she’s shared a video for the album’s third single, “Savage Good Boy.”
The new track is a bubbly interrogration of a certain kind of evil, as frontwoman Michelle Zauner delivers silky vocals atop almost eerily perky instrumentals. The self-directed video sees Zauner co-starring with Michael Imperioli of The Sopranos, as they play a pretty extravagant, high stakes game of poker.
“‘Savage Good Boy’ came from a headline I read about billionaires buying bunkers,” Zauner explains. “I was interested in examining that specific type of villainy, and I found myself adopting the perspective of a rich man coaxing a young woman to come live with him underground, attempting to rationalize his almost impossible share of greed and miserliness. I knew I wanted the music video to be a pretty literal interpretation of that idea. I wanted to juxtapose images of this post-apocalyptic, industrial bunker with the lightness and extravagance of rococo fashion and set design. Aiming for that balance, my cinematographer, Adam Kolodny, and I were really inspired by Chan Wook Park’s The Handmaiden, Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, and Sally Potter’s Orlando.”
Watch the video for “Savage Good Boy” below.