Published Aug 29, 2017The National return with Sleep Well Beast next week, but they've given us another preview before the full album lands with a video for "Day I Die."
The track was initially debuted live last year at the band's show Syrian refugee benefit show in Hamilton, ON. Now, the studio version has been unveiled and accompanied by some trippy performance visuals.
The clip was directed by Casey Reas, who has shared the following statement about the video-making process:
Graham MacIndoe captured eighteen time-lapse photo series during rehearsals at Le Centquatre in June 2017 in Paris. Hours of rehearsal are compressed into a few minutes. Over five thousand of these photographs were brought together to make the final video. I wrote custom software to collage multiple photographs together and to compile them into videos. A flickering colour layer abstracted from broadcast television signals augments the black and white footage. The images here are played back at 12fps, near the threshold of the persistence of vision.
See the final results in the player below.
Frontman Matt Berninger recently revealed to Exclaim! that the band has another record's worth of new songs "frozen" for now, but "75 percent of the way there." First, though, Sleep Well Beast arrives on September 8 through 4AD.