“Piles of $$$”, Caged Animals melancholic paean to “the good life,” might come off as a joking deconstruction of the urban, with it’s auto-tuned, synthetic vocal, love-making tempo, and potentially sardonic title, if it weren’t for the genuine sense of longing that comes across throughout it’s synth-drenched measures.
As the track gently motors along and Vincent Cacchione croons, “I just want to set this town alight with my pile of money,” and “we’re gonna spend it all away, you and me,” it becomes evident that the higher star that this voice is reaching for is one that could only ever be imagined, a world of richness earned by two lovers.
To compliment this idea, the incredible Ace Norton directed new video-clip, sees Vincent Cacchione and, fellow Caged Animal, Magali Charron, (who are a couple in real life), as they feverishly race from chain-store to chain-store in a Lynchian but totally Hollywood re-interpretation of Bonnie & Clyde. The pair gun it up Mulholland Drive in a ‘72 Benz, unconsciously re-enacting moments of Wild At Heart and Titanic, while amassing over-sized jeans, thermal underwear, and hooded sweatshirts. Making a sharp turn off the road into a dingy, curiously well-lit warehouse, the pair appear in a final showdown, where the unspeakable becomes gorgeously rendered in slow-motion, and Cacchione reveals his deepest desire.
As premiered today on Stereogum.