Yeah Yeah Yeah’s throw a party for three on top of the Empire State Building in the video for their expansive pop ballad, “Despair.” Directed by Patrick Daughters, the first few minutes of the clip match the tone of the lyrics perfectly as members of the band, looking exhausted and spent, travel across the city to the Empire State Building. Donning a yellow sequined suit, Karen O’s on-screen presence is as eye-catching as ever. The video comes to a climax as the sun rises above the building and the group, reinvigorated, dances and performs the song with gusto.
It’s a fitting visual for a song that ebbs and flows in energy, building to a peak as it nears the end. The New York-based band is one of the seminal garage rebirth groups of the Noughties, responsible for anthems like Maps, Rich, and Heads Will Roll. Despair comes from the band’s fourth LP, Mosquito, released earlier this year on Interscope. Watch the video for Despair below, and find your own slipping away.