A Perfect Circle – the very climatic alternative rock group – has returned from their 14 year hiatus and has premiered their music video today – May 24, 2018 – for their song “TalkTalk,” off of their much anticipated new album “Eat the Elephant,” which they recently promoted on Jimmy Kimmel Live and are now implementing on their current tour in the UK. While the album itself is a take on the current state of human kind and all of its societal differences, indifference’s and mentally and socially congested state, the song and newly premiered music video for “TalkTalk,” takes a more specific shot at religious interference in the way humans conduct themselves with other humans especially during fragile times.
Maynard James Keenan lines of “thoughts (thoughts) and prayers (prayers) adorable (crisis)” and “you’re waiting … on miracles,” is a direct reference to modern day interactions with one another and we “talk like Jesus” when we should actually “. . . be part of the solution,” rather than just talk about one. Contemporary human empathy, consciousness and passion has been dwindled down to these lyrics (and words) exchanged with one another during crisis like death, homelessness, personal defeats and environmental and social disasters like tsunami’s and war, all of which leave humans in a vulnerable state. Maynard’s premise for these lyrics are to be a part of the solution for the things we see as problems and while conducting awareness campaigns and sending thoughts and prayers especially on the social media platform (where it has become an epidemic) and also within the religious sphere, is socially valued, it is not going to bring about the miracles we are waiting on. These lyrics convey the message that we must stop “talking like Jesus,” and start to create the solutions or “miracles” we are praying and hoping for. We must hold integrity and become proactive in the words that we speak to one another, – “Try lifting a stone,” “Try extending a hand, “ – and we must not waste time in doing so because “while you deliberate . . . bodies accumulate.”
Brilliant and appropriate to contemporary humankind as the song itself is, the music video depicts an even more vivid tale of human behavior and the detrimental effects it has on every single one of us. The “TalkTalk” music video is done diligently and in the upmost Keenan and Howerdel fashion somewhat resembling a similar tone to their “Weak and Powerless,” music video off their “Thirteenth Step” album.
The 2D music video opens up to a girl swinging while holding this holographic box that the video zooms into and shows us very daunting and almost horrific images of an aesthetically decorated human being (which later also depicts the girl at the opening of the video) trapped inside a box while surrounded by several tan cloaked individuals with their faces painted. They are dancing around and looming into this windowed prism-like box, portraying the humans who “talk like Jesus,” casting a mortifying doom to the videos atmospheric ambiance.
The smoke shown around the entrapment is the smoke created by the cloaked individuals, which comes back and takes them down one by one, while the trapped girl is eventually liberated from the box –“Try walking your talk or get the fuck out of my way,” – at the climax of the music video .
This is symbolizing the wasted time they (we) spend dancing around and creating smoke – “faith without work is,” – as they (we) watch this girl struggle in her box. Despite the creation of religion and empathetic thoughts and efforts of prayers that they engaged in and were convinced would save both the girl and humankind, these cloaked beings too, eventually meet their demise and hit the ground . . .
(well . . . maybe we all just “live vicariously while the whole world dies . . . “).
Give the music video a watch yourself by clicking on the image below and don’t forget to purchase the long awaited “Eat the Elephant” album or their Deluxe Box Set Version including the very first Hologram ever to be included in a box set at https://store.aperfectcircle.com/
(Also don’t forget to catch A Perfect Circle’s US Tour kicking off this fall, tickets are still available here: https://www.ticketmaster.com )