Blimey, the music video for The Maccabees new track Something Like Happiness has been out for a month, though it’s taken that long for it to seep in and for me to finally declare it song of the summer. This was that one track one would spark up upon hearing it play on the radio, the perfect song for long journeys in the car cutting through the motorways and byways of England. This song is summer 2015 to me.
The Maccabees had a fraught time recording this track, with the band describing the process as “painful, tricky and traumatic.” The music video is directed by Joe Connor who shot it in the band’s base in south London’s Elephant & Castle, a part of the world that may rank among its most dourly depressing locations. Conner’s vision was to upgrade Elephant & Castle’s normalcy, to “make the mundane seem amazing, the grotesque beautiful and the forgotten prominent.”
Consider it a success because both song and video hit all the right marks.