In March of this year, former Klaxons frontman James Righton began releasing music under the moniker Shock Machine. His brand new track “Something More,” not released on his April EP Open Up The Sky, represents a departure from expectation. The accompanying video, a thoughtful and metaphoric piece, addresses loneliness, heartbreak and recovery by way of a sad clown motif turned upon itself. And the trope delivers engaging visuals, eccentric flourishes and even a bit of comedic beauty—all from director (and comedian) Simon Amstell. The track itself moves forward with the emotional gravity of Righton’s lyrics and vocals, but coupled with the video, there’s something both relatable and also delightfully unfamiliar afoot.
Shock Machine: Something More