Reporting Jay Tilles
Today, Queens of the Stone Age released another in a series of animated videos by visual artists Boneface and Liam Brazier, all of which feature tracks from the forthcoming QOTSA album, …Like Clockwork.
In a brief clip for the song “Kalopsia,” a masked man — hiding his hideous face from the world — attempts to spread affection to passersby, only to inadvertently end their lives in a puddle of blood. According to Boneface, the video series “tell the story of a lonely character, traveling through a city without salvation. The stories are broken into pieces to create a shocking tale of violence and debauchery.”
For context, Kalopsia is the “delusion of things being more beautiful than they are.”
The roll-out for …Like Clockwork has been anything but ordinary. First came a series of mysterious letters followed by the announcement of cover art and tracklisting, video of a spinning record, a new website (likeclockwork.tv), a creepy interactive phone service and the animated video for “I Appear Missing.” The puzzle pieces appear to be forming a hazy picture of the album’s overall, very lonely theme.
When questioned about his introduction to QOTSA, Boneface explained that he was first approached by representatives from the band asking if he’d entertain a proposal from frontman Josh Homme. A few days and a Skype connection later, “the proposal grew into a monumental opportunity to work on what proved to be my biggest project to date. The rest, say, is history.”
The band flew the artist to Los Angeles to weed through “many miles of ideas.” Boneface, along with illustrator and animator Liam Brazier, ended up creating a series of animations to accompany five songs from the album.
…Like Clockwork is set for release June 3 via Matador.