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PREMIERE: Reptile Youth's "Be My Yoko Ono"


A song with the name "Be My Yoko Ono" might sound like fighting words for a band, but fortunately, Reptile Youth's new track seems like a better indicator of the Danish duo's momentum than of their unraveling. The self-described "occult pop" group -- whose dance-y electronica has drawn comparisons to The Rapture -- just released a clip for the new song and, contrary to what you might expect, there's not a single Yoko archetype in sight. Instead, band members Mads Damsgaard Kristiansen and Esben Valløe worked with nearly 40 students at digital media firm Hyper Island to create one of the most technologically-sophisticated music videos we've seen in a while. The band members sing the lyrics while their faces appear in the pages of a medical textbook, a flip book and on 3D cardboard cubes while disembodied hands select and customize their features; all that tinkering vaguely reminds us of Frankenstein's lab -- that is if the lab had the airy, modern feel of a medical facility located somewhere in Scandinavia.  The band was recently in the States for CMJ and, for those who missed them, will come back to play SXSW in March. In the meantime, watch "Be My Yoko Ono" above.

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