It’s been over two years since Studio Killers released their single ‘Jenny,’ and the long-awaited music video is finally here. The electro-pop band released the video on Christmas eve, since then the video has reached nearly 1.5 million views.
‘Jenny’ is high-energy, a pop song reminiscent of late nineties/early noughties dance hits and my favourite release by the Studio Killers. It’s nice to hear more of Cherry’s vocal work, which was wasted on their earlier single ‘Ode to the Bouncer’ – admittedly a fierce and infectious song – Cherry previously adopting a Sprechgesang, not-quite-singing-not-quite-talking vocal style.
‘Jenny’ is less abrasive, there’s even an some polka-style accordion thrown in. Sure, there’s still some of Cherry’s signature Sprechgaesang in ‘Jenny’ but the track mostly lends itself to full singing. Though ‘Jenny’ has a different twist to the majority the Studio Killers’ music, it works. It’s great to have Studio Killers dedicate themselves to a pop hit.
Like alternative rock band Gorillaz, the real identities of the band are a mystery. Studio Killers use animated characters for their music videos, performances and promos. The members counterparts go by Chubby Cherry (Vocals), Goldie Foxx (Keyboard), DJ Dyna Mink and Bipolar Bear.
The video is an animated story of requited -? Unrequited love-? I don’t want to spoil the ending for you. It’s visually rich, non-fussy vector animation. The video was animated by Eliza Jäppinen, the founder of Anima Boutique, with a clear nod in the direction of Maurice Noble psychedelia.
Not everyone is as charmed as I am, mind. ‘Is this music for fat lesbians?’ read one comment. It’s a love song. About a woman. The vocalists’ alter ego goes by the name of ‘Chubby Cherry.’ So…yes. Your comments are redundant.
Not to say that the video isn’t without fault. It gets a little creepy, and it’s not down to the psychedelic artwork. The video gives a peek into the creepier side of crushes that we are all guilty of, a must have for ‘your light stalking playlist.’ Despite all that ‘Jenny’ still manages to be a cute and vastly hopeful song that has gained enormous popularity among the LGBT community.
I don’t want to give too much away, but if shape-shifting lesbians are your thing, I suggest you give it a watch. If you haven’t already.