JG Ballard’s erotically dystopian novel Crash (and its controversial 1997 David Cronenberg film version) eerily depicted a heady sort of car-crash fetishism. No less unsettling, the new Ladytron video for current single “Deadzone” imagines the violent aftermath of a vehicular accident, which then transforms into a strangely alluring sort of dance of death.
In it, a pair of victims struggle out of their shattered machines, only to engage in a twisted rhythmic ritual. The song itself is appropriately musically machine-like and ominous, recalling Black Celebration era Depeche Mode. It’s taken from Ladytron’s self-titled sixth studio album, released earlier this year – which some regarded as their best ever.