Almost a month ago to the day, Regina Spektor emerged seemingly out of nowhere (but most likely her NYC apartment where's she's composing music) to drop the first single off her upcoming album What We Saw From the Cheap Seats. If the bombastic, percussive single wasn't enough she's also followed up with a spanking new video for it today.
The video opens up with Spektor lying tied up in a boat seemingly dead before cutting to her standing on a dock. Her hair blown by the wind as she stares intently at the camera singing the words as nifty effects creates waves underneath her and the song grows in intensity - it's not long before the video becomes all action. Regina takes a plunge off the dock and there's cuts to her struggling in a net and running away from confining designs as they press ever closer and her lyrics about trapped works of art are delivered more and more powerfully. The video which I thought as first was just a random assortment of images and themes suddenly takes on coherent form - as it becomes more and more obvious Regina Spektor herself is in danger of becoming a commodified masterpiece she's singing about (at least in the context of this video) - I wouldn't be surprised if you suddenly let out a epiphanic "OH!" like I did. The rest of the video makes sense out of all the previous images before capping it off with a bit of an unexpected twist which I won't ruin for you.
Watch the video for Regina Spektor's "All the Rowboats":
Regina Spektor's What We Saw From the Cheap Seats is out May 29th.