One of our favorite bands and videos of 2104 come from the Leeds, England-based indie rock band alt-J and the video for “Left Hand Free.”
The dark and somehow playful lyrics tell us that we’ve stumbled into a bad situation but, at the same time, it might be deviously fun. When lead singer Joe Newman achingly croons the first verse and chorus you know it’s going to be a wild ride.
Hey, shady baby, I’m hot like the prodigal son
Pick a petal eenie meenie miney moe
And, flower, you’re the chosen one
Well, your left hand’s free
And your right’s in a grip
With another left hand
Watch his right hand slip
Towards his gun, oh, no
And when you hear the last couplet of the chorus you know that you’re definitely in for a heep of trouble, which is why the video works so well. There are actually two “official” videos for “Left Hand Free” but this one is our favorite.
But be warned: If ever there was a dark pool party twist, this is it. Don’t bother bringing any sunscreen to this party – check it out.
“Left Hand Free”