“We shot a short movie, and we separated it into three music videos,” explains Karnig.
Thematically and aesthetically somewhere between True Detective and Requiem for a Dream, the film tells the story of “a three-way love triangle that involves drugs, sex, abuse, and eventually death,” threading the songs — “Time To Start,” “Spiral Out,” and the first single “Insomnia” — together.
“We try to push the songs beyond the surface,” adds Karnig. “There’s a lot going on in there. At the same time, everything had to be catchy, stand for something, and possess a unique musical quality.”
That attention to detail has defined Charming Liars since their 2013 emergence. The group quietly carved out a niche through an intense D.I.Y. work ethic and artful songcraft. Their 2016 EP, 12:31AM, spawned “Soul,” which found a fan in Sir Elton John who spotlighted it on his Beats 1 radio show.
In the end, the short film and new music will undoubtedly connect listeners worldwide to Charming Liars.