Casper Skulls share video for ‘Lingua Franca’

Casper Skulls
Photo by Gabriela Osio Vanden
Casper Skulls
Photo by Gabriela Osio Vanden

Casper Skulls’ ‘Mercy Works’ LP is out now via Buzz Records, and to mark the release the band have shared the video for the album’s single Lingua Franca. The song was featured on an episode of NPR’s All Songs Considered last week, and has garnered praise, along with the rest of the LP, from outlets like Noisey, FADER and Consequences of Sound. The song traces the breakdown of communication in a relationship with a subtle sense of grandeur, abetted by a string quartet, and features co-lead vocalist Melanie St. Pierre, who elaborates on the creative process behind the song and the video to Billboard:

“‘Lingua Franca’ by definition is a common language spoken between two people whose native languages are different. Communication is the cause of a lot of friction in relationships and often once the communication is lost so is the bond between people. I think when we were working on the song we wanted it to sound different depending on the listener. I think it can be heard as both a breakup song or a song about the grey areas in a relationship.”

“The video was directed by Benjamin Dabu at the end of the summer in Caledon, Ontario. The idea was based on classic crime duos in films like Thelma and Louise, Kit and Holly (Badlands), and Bonnie and Clyde. We wanted the video to represent a lot of the same emotions conveyed in the song, particularly focusing on a dysfunctional relationship where the couple enables one another. I like how in the video you don’t quite know what kind of crime the couple has committed which I think ties into the ambiguity of the lyrics.”

Watch the video via YouTube below.

In support of the release the band will be on tour throughout November in North America, playing dates with Land of Talk, And The Kids, Charly Bliss, Partner, and Baked. Full details can be found below.

Tour dates
11/9 Chicago, IL – Audiotree Live Session
11/10 Cincinnati, OH – MOTR
11/11 Chicago, IL – Subterranean %
11/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit
11/13 Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
11/14 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
11/16 Brooklyn, NY – Alphaville ~
11/17 Montreal, QC – M for Montreal #
11/23 Montreal, QC – Phi Center ^
11/24 Ottawa, ON – The 27 Club ^
11/25 Toronto, ON – Great Hall ^
12/09 Toronto, ON – Rec Room ”

% w/ And The Kids
~ w/ Baked, Bueno
# w/ Shame
^ w/ Land of Talk
” w/ Charly Bliss