Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's music video for the song Running Away off Corazones album, the second one in the series he is set to release by the end of the year, premiered exclusively on Pitchwork's YouTube channel.
In the nearly three-minute-long clip directed by Violeta Felix and filmed by Adrian Blanco, Omar is seen lying on the ground in various locations. It is soon revealed how he got there in a series of flashbacks where he is approaching friends and collaborators with flowers in various locations - there are sections featuring Robin Laananen, Tatiana Velasquez, multimedia artist Aura T-09, the Mars Volta's original bassist Eva Gardner, Omar's new label mate Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, Terri Gender Bender of Le Bucherettes and...John. Each of these people punches Omar in the face and he falls down and then, during the last minute of the song, continues singing lying down, the friends having gone away.
The symbolism of the simplistic video is - as it is the case with all art - open to many interpretations. Stereogum give their own take on it, while - on the other hand - Rolling Stone calls it light-hearted.
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John in the video
If you are not able to watch the video this very moment and you're curious about John's part in it, here are a couple of rough, quick, screengrabs of him walking down the street, stopping opposite Omar and punching him in the face. He is otherwise not performing on this recording.
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* Many thanks to Dora for having seen this first!