The music video for UK post-punk synth pop band New Order’s track “Restless” has everything: leather, raves, shirtless twinks, pagan bacchanals, plus allusions to Arthurian legends aplenty.
The video starts off with a reimagining of ‘The Sword in the Stone’ that plays out like a homoerotic medieval-style Burberry ad.
While sexy Arthur broods in the distance, other less qualified contenders vie for the sword and the kingdom.
But they all fail, of course, and must bend a knee to the once and future king.
Then Guinevere enters along with a Lancelot-like figure who seems to compete with Arthur for Gwen’s attention. Which ends with a bloody homoerotic bacchanal. As one does.
Directed by NYSU, the visual accompaniment to “Restless” is befitting of its name; each shot traverses different stylistic leanings, jumping from found footage to medieval sword-in-the-stone-type scenes to a celestial rave and back again.
Watch the video, below: