Keith Richards released his long awaited solo album, Crosseyed Heart, earlier this year filled with bluesy, riff based songs, but his latest single, "Love Overdue," is a stylistic shift for the Rolling Stones guitarist, who is releasing the animated music video for its debut today.
The animation matches the moody, reggae pattern of the song with a black and white noir-style clip. In the video, a mysterious loner creeps through the darkened streets in search of a woman he can't seem to catch. He infiltrates a building with the camera looking down on him as if it were an old two-dimensional video game, before climbing to its balcony, jumping off and becoming a bird. From there things get a little strange, but we find our protagonist back at a bar and as he goes out for an art-deco inspired smoke break, he's revealed to be the figurative character of Richards himself.
Watch the video below.
Crosseyed Heart is Richards' third solo album and his first in more than 20 years. The record made it to No. 11 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with mixed reviews from critics who generally either loved it for the artist's undeniable charm or hated it for the album's crooning and poor vocals. Undoubtedly, "Love Overdue" is one of those tracks detractors might cite, but if Bob Dylan has taught us anything, it's that you don't need to be a crisp, clean singer to write great music.
Still, most fans of the Rolling Stones seemed happy to have more music from the guitarist and songwriter of so many classic Stones hits. In fact, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts and Richards himself are reportedly headed back to the studio this December to cut a new LP, the band's first in more than a decade.