Street Date: HEALTH, “Get Color”

8 09 2009

Executioners Are Standing By, So Die Slow: 1-999-GET-COLOR. That’s 1-999-GET-COLOR. That Number Again, 1-999-GET-COLOR. Die Slow.

The new HEALTH album. It’s called Get Color. Don’t try to discern the lyrics. Don’t try to keep still. Do play this in a car full of your friends with the windows down, and do also try it alone with headphones and a bag of Twizzlers Sweet & Sour Filled Twists. This is the best album of the year—and I didn’t think anything was going to beat out Röyksopp’s Junior. When you listen to Get Color, you feel like a non-existent William Gibson character who travels back in time to the mid-1990s in a parallel universe where Brit Pop and the Matador record label don’t exist to play a White Wolf role-playing game to the death in some warehouse made of corrugated sex.

Don't worry, I will.

HEALTH, Get Color. Lovepump United, 2009.

You’ve probably already heard the Get Color track “Die Slow”. Of course, the year’s best single deserves the year’s best video. If you’re prudish or squeamish, there’s plenty to be offended by; if you’re down with all things visceral, there’s plenty to be excited by. Either way, this video’s gonna give you some sort of a charge. Writhing bodies, ritualistic vessel smashing, human sacrifice and choreographed dance inserts. Seldom does one get the opportunity to use the terms bloodbath and eye candy in the same sentence. Now’s your chance:

They directed that themselves. From what I understand, their shows are pretty intense, too.

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