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I Know Leopard Drop Killer Video Clip For Dreamy “Rather Be Lonely”


Off the back of supporting Holy Holy on their extensive nationwide ‘Darwinism’ tour, Sydney 4-piece I Know Leopard have dropped an intriguing music video to accompany their latest dreamy single Rather Be Lonely. The story behind the creation of the clip is as compelling as the interesting plotline of the clip itself.

The footage was written, directed and cut exactly for the track, enhancing the unrequited love story told by Rather Be Lonely. American director Wyatt Winbourne approached the band when he discovered the new single, finding it the perfect accompaniment to a silent short film plotline he’d developed.

“These kinds of random occurrences are known to link up about 5% of the time, but we thought what the hell, let’s see what happens. So within 24 hours, Wyatt had cut a version to the song and sent it through,” said frontman Luke O’Laughlin. “We were dumbfounded at what we saw. The footage was exquisite and the concept was as if it were made for the song. The song is essentially about the pains of a nonreciprocal relationship and what could be more nonreciprocal than if your other half was a corpse?” O’Loughlin said.

You read that right, a corpse. The clip follows a girl as she discovers a man’s body beside a river in the forest, proceeds to take him home, and make a companion of him. They have dinner together, listen to music together, and even make a trip back to the forest to sit beside river together. We won’t spoil the ending, but we think you’ll be intrigued.

If this all sounds a bit wacky for a dream-pop track, you’re in for a delightful surprise, with the sweet electronics working seamlessly with the storyline. Carried by a deep, pulsating synth line, the upbeat tune comes together with the O’Loughlin’s soft vocals escalating to emotional and balladic in the choruses. Despite the keys-heavy track boasting an electro ’80s vibe, Rather Be Lonely showcases a smattering of violinist and vocalist Jenny McCullagh’s string work, a key reason why this quartet stand out among the plethora of indie pop bands.

After releasing their ‘Another Life’ EP last year, I Know Leopard have been making waves, and hitting the Aussie tour circuit, and, if Rather Be Lonely’s twinkling effects and unique melody are anything to go by, we can expect bigger and funkier things from this quartet’s future releases.