The instrumentation for this pop banger is upbeat, but the lyrics recount a dark moment in Beirut mastermind Zach Condon's life. "I think I was actually in Sydney when I fell apart," he told DIY magazine. "I was trying to get to Perth and I just couldn't get on the f--king plane. I felt like I was on tour for four years straight. It was a slow burnout. I remember waking up thinking my mind was going one way, my body of going the other. It's hard to describe."
The video was directed by writer and filmmaker Clara Aranovich, and filmed between Yosemite and Santa Monica in California. It features dancer Maceo Paisley.
Speaking about the clip, Aranovich said: "I've long been a fan of Beirut's music. In fact, the very first short film I directed in film school was set to a Beirut song. There's something in the rhythm and sound of 'Perth' that immediately conjures images in my mind of funk-era dance; I knew I wanted to throw back to that period.
Nature is a somewhat like a church to me – a place of reverence that is deeply democratic in that it belongs to both everyone and no one. These places are as beautiful as they are a neutral canvas, as real as they are surreal."