The name Kate Boy sounds like one person, but it’s actually several: with members hailing from Australia and Sweden, this Stockholm-based trio (fronted by vocalist Kate Akhurst) first emerged in 2012. In the years since, their aerobic electro-pop has earned them a devoted following.
The band recently released their self-titled EP; now, they’re premiering the music video for one of its songs, “Higher,” on TIME. Directed by Ben Strebel, who’s helmed visuals for Gorgon City and Phoenix, the music video is chilly, constantly in motion and straight out of a dystopian sci-fi movie — not unlike the song itself, whose urgent thump keeps up the pace of past releases “Self Control” and “The Way We Are.” (Quick, somebody call Lorde and get Kate Boy on the next Mockingjay soundtrack.)
“The song ‘Higher’ is about equality and acceptance, and the video is set in a world where a society lives under the watchful eye of an oppressive force,” the band says. “We follow several characters as they struggle against authority under the toxic light where individuality is not tolerated. Through an ‘illegal’ crystal they one by one are able to see the world as it should be, vibrant and colourful, something they never knew could exist.”
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