“Empty out my pockets if you like, I got nothing to hide…”
What a difference a few years can make. It’s been quite awhile since we’d heard from Missy Higgins, the accidental Triple J Unearthed star who made good. Her last record, 2007’s On a Clear Night, had some strong points but was overall a disappointing follow-up to the excellent debut, 2004’s The Sound of White.
Now that she’s had some time away to experience the world in a much more hands-on way – as well as score an acting role in 2010’s Bran Nue Dae – it’s given her a chance to try music that she’d never tried before. June sees the release of her long-awaited third album, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, and we’ve finally gotten the first taste from it. No word of a lie, it’s tasting pretty good – and the video is a little extra boom of flavour.
The scene is set in a blank room, with Higgins sitting down, covered in layers. As more people – dancers, specifically – emerge from the darkness, so too do the layers strip away. Through momentary conflict and heated moments of passion, more and more is revealed – the words take on new meaning, the movements grow more aggressive. What’s it commenting on? Honey, whatever you like. It’s beautiful and expressive and smartly choreographed. If you weren’t much of a fan before, who knows? Maybe you might be this time around. Give it a chance.