Earlier this year, Counterzine favorites Tennis Club released their album Pink, a breezy mini-album full of short, sugary, perfect lo-fi indie pop gems, and today we’re thrilled to share with you the new music video for standout track “Ghost Cops” off of that same record.
In our Album Auto-nalysis feature for Pink earlier in the year, Wilson Hernandez (frontman of Tennis Club) had this to say about “Ghost Cops”:
“This is my favorite song off the record. A couple of months ago I was picking up my mom from the airport when I got pulled over by the police in a creepy Oklahoma town. They took some weed I forgot I had in my pocket and gave me a 600 dollar ticket. The song is a post break up song with a police story. I call them ghost cops because they linger in the dark and come out of nowhere.”
In contrast to the murkier origin story behind the track, “Ghost Cops” and its accompanying video are far more light and bright. Director Miguel Rojas’ video’s primary connections to the song are the pipe hits, as well the pastel color palette of soft blues, pinks, and yellows and quirky imagery peppered throughout that match the jovial tone of the bouncing melody. The video is aptly set on a tennis court, opening with an aforementioned pipe hit before a young woman and an individual with a tennis ball for a head seem to perform an out-of-sync portion of the song along to backwards cue cards presented by a young man. Then, the young man and woman play tennis, while the tennis ball-headed character smokes weed and dances. After the tennis match, the man gets on his knees, begging and presenting flowers to the woman in a declaration of love. The video ends on a long, slow, suspenseful approach for a kiss by the woman, only to turn away at the very last second, ending on a quietly sad and awkward note. Rather than directly relating to the post-breakup aspect of the song (the viewer is given no indication whether the two have been in a prior relationship), it more ties to the repeated lyric “You only want me / When you can’t have me”, a more broad statement on a one-sided relationship.
You can watch the video for “Ghost Cops” below:
Tennis Club’s ‘Pink’ is out now and available here direct from the band in the states, or from their Spanish label Elefant Records (recommended for European listeners) here digital and LP. Be sure to follow Tennis Club on all of their social media to keep up-to-date with their work, including Instagram, Facebook, Bandcamp, and SoundCloud.