Michael Cragg 

New music: The Neighbourhood – Female Robbery

Michael Cragg: After hiding for months behind their music, the Neighbourhood have unmasked themselves in this Hitchcock-inspired video
  
  


The Neighbourhood's Female Robbery appeared online back in January without any fanfare. This was followed two months later by Sweater Weather, which was Radio 1's Zane Lowe's record of the week.

In April, clearly bored with the mystery, they appeared on Nylon's website in all their glory and, while the world kept turning, it's always nice to put a face to a song. They've since rerecorded Female Robbery with Lana Del Rey producer Emile Haynie (you can hear his influence on the intro) and have made an excellent, Hitchcock-inspired monochrome video, premiered here. While the song rumbles along, all low-end bass, chilly guitar crescendos and lines such as "don't let the police know anything", the video tells of a young girl who, caught between a drunk dad and an unhappy mum, is dragged to what looks like her own funeral, but all is not what it seems.

• The band's debut EP, I'm Sorry, is out now.

 

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