Formerly the brainchild of indie Americana favorite Kurt Vile, Philadelphia's The War on Drugs are the stuff of delicate reverb haze, acoustic folk and woodwind reverie. "Red Eyes," the first single from the band's third album, Lost in the Dream, is their latest effort in that vein.
The track's video has the band judging the saddest talent show of all time: contestants include an awkward teen magician, a down-on-his-luck clown (who pulls out a flask whenever onscreen,) a swing dancing elderly couple and a hula-hooper… all while frontman Adam Granduciel croons, "I would keep you here, but I can't."
The band view these lackluster performances and award them X's (the sad clown gets a single check, presumably out of pity.) It seems all hope is lost until a little kid appears near the end of the video, picks up a guitar and the band joins in.
The failed contestants return to the room to applaud the act. The War on Drugs and the imagination of a child win. Awww!
Watch the clip above, and check out The War On Drugs in our 17 Most-Anticipated Albums of Spring 2014.