Cate Blanchett Stars In Music Video

4 March 2023 | 11:08 am | Staff Writer

"You know, ‘the girl is crying in her latte’ — it’s so deep and shallow, simultaneously."

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American pop-rock duo Sparks, comprising brothers Ron (keyboards) and vocalist Russell Mael have released their new single, The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte, accompanied by a bizarre yet wonderful music video featuring Cate Blanchett.

Blanchett provides erratic, hilarious dance moves every time the beat picks up; it looks like she perfectly understood the assignment behind the strangely minimalistic music video.

The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte is the first single and first track from the band’s upcoming album of the same name, due for release on 26 May. You can pre-order the record here

The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte will be released via Island Records, the same label that released their groundbreaking third album, Kimono My House, in 1974 before the pair left the label in 1976.

On Variety’s Awards Circuit podcast hosted by Clayton Davis, Blanchett said, “I love the way they [Sparks] think. I love their sense of humour, and how they take the work seriously, but not themselves. You know, ‘the girl is crying in her latte’ — it’s so deep and shallow, simultaneously.”

The Mael brothers also commented to Variety about the collaboration, “We met Cate Blanchett in Paris at the César Awards last year, little knowing that a year later, one of the great actors of our time (and a splendid person!) would graciously consent to lending her bootie-shaking skills to the first video from our new album, ‘The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte.’ Dreams really do come true. We will sleep well tonight knowing that forever we can say we co-starred in a film with Cate Blanchett!”

We called Edgar Wright’s The Sparks Brothers a “love letter” to the brothers in a 2021 review of the documentary. The Music’s Joe Dolan wrote, “The Sparks Brothers, perhaps more so than any other music documentary before it, is a love letter to the people involved. It’s about the pillars on which the Maels built their entire careers: never giving up, never giving in, and always being true to yourself. 

“Their music is divisive, often even difficult to listen to, but the songs are, at best, b-characters in this tale. It’s really just about these two kind of weird guys that have stayed together through thick and thin. They’re funny, funny looking and interesting as hell. It’s hard not to fall head over heels in love with The Sparks Brothers, regardless of your taste in music.”

Check out The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte below.