I’m really having trouble finding the words to explain exactly what it is I like about Mother Mother’s new animated video for “The Sticks.” For much of the clip’s four minutes, I found myself either cringing, wrinkling my nose in disgust, or raising an eyebrow in confusion. What I can tell you, though, is that I never looked away.

The song is the title track off the Canadian avant pop quintet’s new album, which is set for release in the US in mid-February. While I hadn’t heard of the band before checking out this video, they come from good stock: their label, Last Gang Records, launched Metric, Emily Haines, Purity Ring, and Crystal Castles in Canada. Not too shabby. Check out the Chad VanGaalen-directed video below and let me know your thoughts in the comments. Is is making you rethinking that second cup of coffee this morning?

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