Much as he does with his retro soul music, Mayer Hawthorne mines vintage-tipped film themes in his new "Cosmic Love" video. In the first video installment of a multi-part detective thriller, Hawthorne plays the lead detective.
The noir clip opens with Hawthorne enjoying a performance by a seductive lounge singer. The smooth track's lyrics are mouthed both by the female singer and Hawthorne. The female singer soon turns up at Hawthorne's office.
"Incoming transmission / I'm crashing through your atmosphere," Hawthorne croons. "There's no interference, no / I read you darling loud and clear/Because you're mine/My cosmic love." A chorus of female voices later join in to sing, "My cosmic love from up above / You are the one I'm thinking of / My cosmic love."
The video introduces a mysterious man, perhaps the antagonist for future episodes in the thriller, and later Hawthorne is knocked out cold, leaving a classic cliffhanger ending.
"Cosmic Love" hails from the singer's forthcoming album, which is expected this spring.