Premiere: Mew Share Magical “In a Better Place” Video

Visuals Out Now via Play It Again Sam

May 11, 2017
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There's no other band quite like Danish trio Mew. They have a unique sound (a mix of art rock, dream pop, and prog rock, led by singer Jonas Bjerre's unmistakable high-pitched voice) and a visual aesthetic all their own. The band's new video, for "In a Better Place," is very much in Mew's weird and wonderful universe. The song is taken from Visuals, which the band released last month via Play It Again Sam, and Bjerre directed the video himself. He says the video "tells the tale of the magic mountain creature and his followers, performing their ritual dance, in the ever-changing world of the pink planet." That sounds about right. We are honored to premiere it. Get lost in Mew's magical land below.

Bjerre delved further into the video in an exclusive quote for Under the Radar: "I made this video almost like a stream of consciousness project. I played the song on repeat and drew things, and wrote things down, without thinking too much about it. I didn't want the subject matter translated too directly into the visual side. I did some dancing (of my own dubious choreography) and made some creatures out of Play-Doh, the soft kind, then put it all together. It sort of has a storyline, but not a really obvious one. But it has to do with inner worlds."

Visuals is the follow-up to 2015's + -. It's also Mew's first album since the departure in 2015 of founding member and guitarist Bo Madsen (as well as Bjerre two other founding members, bassist Johan Wohlert and drummer Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen, remain). Previously the band shared the album's closing track, "Carry Me to Safety," along with videos for "85 Videos" and the jazzy "Twist Quest."

Pick up or download Under the Radar's current print issue, the Spring 2017 Issue, to read our new The End interview with Bjerre.

Read our 2015 print magazine interview with Mew's Jonas Bjerre. Mew performed at Under the Radar's SXSW party in 2015. That year they also kept a SXSW diary for us, made a mixtape for us, and wrote a guest blog on a British design TV show.

Mew Tour Dates:

12 May - Beijing, China - Tango Live House
13 May - Chengdu, China - Strawberry Music Festival
14 May - Shanghai, China - Base Dream Hall
17 May - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
19 May - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
20 May - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Club
21 May - Bristol, UK - Trinity Centre
22 May - Manchester, UK - O2 Ritz
23 May - London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
25 May - Cologne, Germany - Luxor
26 May - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
27 May - Neustrelitz, Germany - Immergut Festival
28 May - Copenhagen, Denmark - Royal Danish Theatre
25 Jun - Gothenburg, Sweden - Ullevi  Stadium *
26 Jun - Gothenburg, Sweden - Ullevi Stadium *
08 Jul - London, UK - BST Hyde Park 
14 Jul - Joensuu, Finland - Ilosaarirock 2017
16 Jul - Salacgriva, Latvia - Positivus 2017
20-22 Jul - Tisvilde, Denmark - Musik I Lejet
27 Jul - Leuven, Belgium - M-idzomer Festival
03 Aug - New York, NY, USA - Bowery Ballroom
04 Aug - Brooklyn, NY, USA - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05 Aug - Washington, DC, USA - 9:30 Club
07 Aug - Philadelphia, PA, USA - The Foundry at The Fillmore
08 Aug - Boston, MA, USA - The Sinclair
10 Aug - Toronto, ON, Canada - Mod Club
11 Aug - Detroit, MI, USA - Magic Stick
12 Aug - Chicago, IL, USA - Park West
13 Aug - St. Paul, MN, USA - Turf Club
15 Aug - Denver, CO, USA - Bluebird Theatre
16 Aug - Salt Lake City, UT, USA - The State Room
18 Aug - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Rickshaw Theatre
19 Aug - Seattle, WA, USA - Neumos
20 Aug - Portland, OR, USA - Hawthorne Theatre
22 Aug - San Francisco, CA, USA - The Fillmore
24 Aug - San Diego, CA, USA - The Observatory North Park
25 Aug - Santa Ana, CA, USA - The Observatory
26 Aug - Los Angeles, CA, USA - El Rey Theatre
05 Sep - Tokyo, Japan - Shibuya Club
06 Sep - Tokyo, Japan - Akasaka Blitz
07 Sep - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro
20 Sep - Nuuk, Greenland - Akisuanerit Festival
04 Oct - Aalborg, Denmark - Musikkens Hus
06 Oct - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
07 Oct - Aarhus, Denmark - Train
10 Oct - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
11 Oct - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik
12 Oct - Stockholm, Sweden - Filadelfiakyrkan
14 Oct - Malmö, Sweden - Kulturbolaget 

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