In early June this year, Wisconsin pop-rock pioneers Garbage released their sixth album. ‘Strange Little Birds‘ ended the four-year silence that followed their 2012 album ‘Not Your Kind of People’ and was vaunted by reviewers as the group’s most solid effort in 15 years; a welcome return to that dark, introspective vibe that they first captivated fans with. Of the 11 songs that make up Strange Little Birds, ‘Magnetized’ is one of those that best signifies this return. While there is a lively buzz to the synths and guitars, there is a clear jadedness to the words that lead vocalist Shirley Manson sings: “You bring your light, I’ll bring the pain/ You bring your joy, I’ll bring my shame”. As the song meanders through verse and hook, you get the picture of someone burning with desire for someone else, someone who doesn’t quite feel the same.
The visuals are striking, to say the least, opening in some kind of secret lab; the kind where they do experiments on people in the name of government research. Shirley is a sort of mad scientist dressed in a red robe and dark glasses aided by a sort of cyclops assistant with a screen for a face. In the midst of this a little girl on a swing appears while another wanders through misty passages with a creepy teddy bear under her arm. The Garbage frontwoman herself appears on the same swing later in full witch regalia complete with a red wig. If you’re looking for ideas for your next Halloween getup, this clip should provide plenty of fodder for your imagination.
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