Some songs are well known for their connections to people committing suicide, most notably Rezső Seress and László Jávor’s “Gloomy Sunday,” which has reportedly led quite a few people to kill themselves while listening, because it’s just that depressing. And then there’s rap artist Future’s video for “Real and True,” which features guest spots from Miley “My Boobs Are Headlines” Cyrus and British musician and producer Mr. Hudson. This science fiction-tinged clip was enough to make me want to blow my brains out just to get all that inane Auto-Tune to stop. I guess it was pretty depressing, though not because of saddening subject matter, but because it just kept going on and on and on.
For those wondering: yes, it is a bit of a slow news week. But to be fair, the video does take place partly on Mars or something, and Cyrus plays a naked glitter-covered alien or something. Maybe she’s an astronaut from another mission or something. I’m really not sure what anything means in this video, but I know that I’ll have to watch it on mute if I ever choose to attempt it again.
So we’ve got the sunglasses-in-the-dark-wearing Future, who has a few songs that I rather like, possibly trying to talk himself out of commitment, and then accepting it wholeheartedly. For the generic lovey-dovey hook, Mr. Hudson does his best to sound like a Sting cassette getting caught up in the player. Meanwhile, Miley the Glitterbomb is singing equally generic lyrics, though not in an unappealing way, about making it through the test of time.
So…why are Future and Mr. Hudson astronauts? Why does Miley look like she went to the J.J. Abrams Lens Flare Tanning Salon? Obviously it’s because the hook says “when the sun dies and the stars fade from view” and “distant and cold depths of space.” It also mentions a radio, so theoretically this video could have taken place inside a giant stereo.
I really hate this song, though the video can at least be enjoyed with a healthy topping of irony. Beyond the subject matter not appealing to me, I think I’ve developed a twitch in my left eye from hearing Future’s autotuned monosyllabic “eh” layered into the background of the verse. One would think that mild tick is easily countered by the nude and shiny body of Miley Cyrus. And that person would be right. High five!
For another strange video with a sciencey vibe, check out the Earthly effect-heavy Bjork video for her single “Mutual Core” below. I realize that Bjork is just as polarizing an artist as the ones above, but it’s still a better example of a song.