Wild Beasts’ latest video for single “Alpha Female” is here, and it’s really great. Taken from the UK band’s fifth studio album, Boy King, the cinematic visuals explore the burgeoning female skateboarding movement in India.
The video follows India’s first professional female skater, Atitia Verges, as well as skate collectives Girl Skate India and the Holystoked Skate Crew through the streets of Bangalore. The girls and women in “Alpha Female” are seen continually pushing themselves forward in the face of stereotypes and the male gaze throughout the video. Wild Beasts singer Hayden Thrope explained the song as “a tale of showing yourself, of pushing off the earth to gather momentum, of leaning into resistance and meeting it with bravery and composure.”
Director Sasha Rainbow spoke to Dazed on the pertinence of the video, she said: “(It) teaches values about self-empowerment through skateboarding, because of the current political climate in the west and attitudes of intolerance and sexism across the world, I wanted to create a video that celebrates everyone who takes the risk to be themselves.”
Watch the video above, and in other music news, check out Drake and Wizkid’s new track right here.