Travel Through Time with the Strokes in the NYC Band’s New Animated Video for ‘Ode to the Mets’

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The Strokes couldn’t have picked a better time to premiere a trippy music video for “Ode to the Mets,” one of the songs from the NYC indie/rock band‘s new album, The New Abnormal, which was released in April. 

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The Major League Baseball season finally started on Thursday night, after a significant delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Strokes’ new single is titled “Ode to the Mets.”

A visually stirring animated journey through eight different chapters, the video is strange (by design, of course) and quite intriguing. Watch it below:

Per a news release, the video concept was “loosely inspired” by a conversation director Warren Fu had with singer Julian Casablancas regarding the credit sequence from “Cheers”:

Fu added subtle hints of The Mets’ colors throughout the video and a few Easter eggs as a nod to the song’s overarching themes of hope and promise, such as a banner that reads “Class of ‘69” (the year The Mets won the World Series over the Baltimore Orioles) and an early photo of the band from guitarist Nick Valensi’s private collection that can be seen in the background. “Yet when you see them in the context of the past without people there, it takes on a more nostalgic, bittersweet feeling,” Fu says.

The New Abnormal was the first album from the Strokes in seven years, and its layers of unease and uncertainty very much works quite well alongside these confusing times.

Stream the album below, via Spotify:


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