Directed by Hype Williams, the new Jack White video for "Freedom at 21," the spastic gem off his new album Blunderbuss, features Josh Homme as a cop, a whole lotta sensuality and far more side-boob than we ever expected to see in a video from the Third Man nucleus.
The sinister creep and tumbling percussion cauldron of "Freedom At 21" suddenly make our ideas of a “Jack White solo record” seem quaint in light of this monstrous personality, this damnation of modernity that embraces the man-eaters of the era vulgaris, enabled by culture and corrupted by mean-spirited self-absorbtion. Hey, we’ve all been there, right?
“Cut off the bottoms of my feet, make me walk on salt,” he skitters in a demonic falsetto as Autolux’s Carla Azar – Jack’s new ain’t-no-secret weapon – frames a downright freakish beat swarm. “Take me down to the police and charge me with assault / Smile on her face / She does what she damn well please…”
Suddenly, Jack’s entirely on your left, seething right in your ear while the deceptively simple menace-riff propels you forward into the beat, moves your entire body, grabs your hips… and then the double vocal kicks in and drives straight into the solo, deeper than you’ve gone before. You may feel a bit violated. Headphones will come in handy for the alien mecha-hornet deathmatch dual solo. And now, with the visuals accompanying, it's a full-sensory immersion.
Enjoy the ride.