Even when their songs are subpar, Cursive deserve a warm pat on the back for their ambitious, high-concept (and narrative) videos. The veteran crew’s Mama, I’m Swollen single “From The Hips” was their best song in years, offering a chance to go the “Bastards Of Young” route. Instead, the Michael Grodner-directed video playfully and intelligently expanded upon Tim Kasher’s look at folks over-thinking and over-playing their assumed bourgeois societal roles. The second Mama single “I Couldn’t Love You” is another musical gem, and again they go full-on with the visuals: Danny Drysdale’s treatment stars Lost‘s Tania Raymonde (aka Alex) running from a shotgun wedding in search of the Land Of Runaway Brides. Kasher & Co. get dramatic in the shadows.
Mama, I’m Swollen is out via Saddle Creek.