Even though the album cover for Scottish post-punk stalwarts Franz Ferdinand’s forthcoming fourth LP, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, isn’t patterned after a classic Blue Note sleeve, it doesn’t mean they can’t live one out in a music video. In “Right Action,” a clip directed by Swedish filmmaker Jonas Odell (Goldfrapp, Rolling Stones, U2), frontman Alex Kapranos & Co. flit about in various color-saturated vignettes that owe an obvious debt to the monochromatic masterpieces of ’50s and ’60s LPs by the likes of Coltrane, Monk and Byrd. The twist, of course, is that the design treatments display the songs’ quirky textual concoctions like “practically all is nearly forgiven” dancing about the screen (meaning maybe the the lyric-video phenomenon is in retrograde this season.)
The music, of course, has nothing in common with the bopping improvisations of Coltrane, Monk or Byrd as the quartet. True to form, Franz Ferdinand play their signature blend of taut disco beats and aggressive punk riffing, which is a portent of good things to come. Now, if only they could find their way back into this decade.
Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action will come out August 26 via Domino