Normally when the drummer for a rock band releases a solo record, there are exactly two kinds of people who care: the band’s most devoted fans, and the drummer’s closest family and friends. Given how proggy Radiohead’s gotten—and the fact that albums by drummers tend to be the most self-indulgent, “jazz odyssey” type of solo projects—it’s therefore a little surprising that “Coming Up for Air,” the lead single from drummer Philip Selway’s sophomore album, Weatherhouse, isn’t a six-part instrumental composition for gamelan in 5/18 time, or something. Instead, it’s a perfectly nice trip-hop-inflected pop song, with vocals and everything.
Just as cool as the song itself is its accompanying video, directed by the Spanish film collective NYSU. With its surreal imagery and overwhelming atmosphere of noirish paranoia, it’s like a collaboration between Rene Magritte and Alfred Hitchcock—albeit overlaid with the flattened look of a late-’70s cop show.
Weatherhouse is out October 7 on Bella Union.