It’s a feeling at least as old as a John Hughes movie: there are certain songs that, after a breakup, you can’t listen to anymore. Or maybe you’re more the type who binges on listening to them for awhile before you can’t listen to them anymore. Either way, it’s a heartbreaking feeling.
Neon Trees tackle it for their new video for “Songs I Can’t Listen To,” with frontman Tyler Glenn acting out the good, the bad and the ugly of a relationship.
From the beginning until the time it falls apart, he and his partner are together in sunny Southern California. They play each other songs on the car radio, they listen to vinyl in their living room and they share earbuds. Until, that is, they break up.
There’s not much to the video story–it’s a pretty direct representation to the song lyrics. The one thing that makes it remarkable is that director Rebecca Thomas has set Glenn, who only came out last year, with a male lead. He happens to be Dustin Lane Black, LGBT activist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Milk.