"Trippy" and "creepy" are words that could certainly be used to describe the new video for Queens of the Stone Age's "Kalopsia," but they wouldn't even begin to do the total weirdness of the visuals justice. Just under two minutes long, the clip opens with a definition of the song's title – "a condition where things appear more beautiful than they are" – and proceeds to put the word into action as we watch a grinning, hooded monster stroll through a city, ostensibly in search of a friend, then accidentally shatter glass and melt people's faces. After one last attempt at (in-)human-to-human contact that ends particularly gruesomely, our hideous hero lays down his grinning masks and seems to fall into some sort of hallucination as the sparse, somber piano ballad bursts into an all-out power-pop assault.
"Kalopsia" will appear on Queens of the Stone Age's long-awaited new album, …Like Clockwork, out June 4th on Matador.
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This article originally appeared on Rolling Stone: Queens of the Stone Age Create Grotesque Beauty in 'Kalopsia'