If you’ve watched the Lord’s “Solar Power” music video earlier this summer and want to join any commune he’s advertising as “a beautiful Jesus,” his new “Mood Ring” clip takes us a little further to the tongue-cheek monastery. The song comes just three days before singer Jack Antonoff’s co-produced “Solar Power” album, which comes out on Friday.
The mood of this particular video is a particularly gentle, pastel green. The other color of the note is blonde, the color of the hair on the occasion of the Lord. She and her five female casters spend their communal time together dipping their toes into a bowl of crystal (New Age references fill the song, albeit somewhat sarcastically), engage in group reading and page-turning, and form their own body moody rings. On the tent floor, Busby is doing some of the Berkeley-style overhead-view choreography.
“Mood Ring” was identified by some Lord fans, with or without insider knowledge, as the most commercial song of the previously released title track “Mood Ring” and “Stone at the Nail Saloon”. And it fulfills that promise, adding its soft beats, sweet song hooks (background vocals again coming from Phoebe Bridgers and Clare) and mixed-mood lyrics that most Lord Acolytes will probably agree are the best of the three songs officially released so far.
“It’s a song I’m very excited about; It’s a lot of fun for me, ”Lord said in a statement with Revelation. “Obviously when I made this album I was deeply immersed in the Flower Child culture, in the 60s. I wanted to understand commune life, to come out of society and try to start again. It really resonated with me as I wrote this album. One of the issues for me as a major parallel between that time and our time is our wellness culture and our spirituality, pseudo-spirituality, wellness, pseudo-wellness culture. Eating a macro-biotic vegan diet or burning chi, keeping crystals, reading tarot cards or your horoscope. These were the things they came back to then, and me and my girlfriends are doubling down today. I was like, ‘I think there’s a pop song here.’ So my very sarcastic look at all these vibrations.
On the day of the release, Friday, Lord will leave Cultural Life to attend Central Park for the summer concert series “Good Morning America,” followed by a week-long residency at “The Late Late Show with James Corden” the following week.