Hoorsees have unveiled their new single “Jansport” and an accompanying video. “Jansport” is the second single released in advance of the album A Superior Athlete, Out April 22 via Kanine, and continues Hoorsees love affair with pop culture touchstones and everyday absurdities. The track is a turn-of-the-millenium audio time capsule, replete with its references to Japanese trading cards, Jackie Chan movies and an adolescence soundtracked by the golden age of American indie rock. Ultimately, “Jansport” is the sound of afternoons spent hanging out after school when everything feels right as long as you’re wearing the song’s iconic namesake backpack.
“Jansport” is accompanied by a visual that embraces Hoorsees fascination with the contrast between athletic achievement and everyday slacking. This is, after all, a band who describe themselves as “getting inspired by high school nerds who suck at sport”. The video shifts restlessly between shots of singer Alex Delamard wandering alone on dojo bleachers, to the claustrophobic surrounds of a locker room, and a cavernous gymnasium where the band fight for space as a badminton game plays out around them.