It’s a common problem that there’s really no socially acceptable answer to: What do you do in a social setting when your brain suddenly checks out, leaving your body alone in a space full of people who expect you to contribute to the conversation? The best you can do is follow social cues and smile every time someone says something that was evidently funny, though on their latest single “No Body” Living Hour offer up a fantasy of fully leaning into dissociation rather than lazily trying to fight against it.
“This song is about dissociating at a restaurant and feeling completely isolated and alone in the experience,” vocalist Sam Sarty details. “Close friends all around but you can’t reach out, you can’t say anything, hands numb, mind far away and foggy. Trying to ground myself with observations and saying my middle name”—presumably Dominique, per the lyrics—“focus on something small like the rainbow floating through the glass. The background voices are calming, more positive thoughts pushing the mind into a softer world. A diner is a diner, your friends love you, the sky is still out there.”
Rather than capturing the fairly uncinematic scene at the diner, the music video—co-created by Sarty, bandmate Brett Ticzon, and Talula Schlegel—depicts Sarty’s mental space, daydreaming of blue skies and other natural surroundings that match the band’s signature hazy dream-pop soundscapes. Watch it below, and pre-order the album here. You can also find the band’s upcoming tour dates on their Bandcamp.