Beck and Cage The Elephant have released a new video for their acclaimed, collaborative track, ‘Night Running’, which you can check out below.
Directed by Jennifer Juniper Stratford, the trippy, neon-tinted visual transports Cage The Elephant and Beck into a digitally distorted neon world. But don’t think Matrix here. Stratford used some outmoded tech to create the scenes.
“For ‘Night Running’, I wanted to create a realm where a super computer that hosts a simulation program that creates a series artificial worlds”, the director revealed in a statement.
“While Beck would appear to live within the software as a master control, while Matt would be transported to different worlds and new identities leaving him to question what is real. The video effects were created in my analogue video lab using outmoded and obsolete video equipment cast off from the post-digital apocalypse.”
‘Night Running’ finds Beck trading vocals with Cage frontman Matt Shultz over a hazy, reggae-rock track. Like the rest of Cage The Elephant’s album, Social Cues, which landed on 19 April, it was produced by alt radio mainstay John Hill, whose previous credits include Portugal. The Man’s Feel It Still and Young the Giant’s Superposition.
Matt Schultz previously spoke about Social Cues in an interview with Uproxx. “At first listen, it’s easy to catch the grief and mourning and notes of pain”, he said. “But for me when I listen to it, I hear an incredible amount of joy and hope, and I really hope that comes across. Whenever you are in a deep time of mourning, it doesn’t negate the time of uplift.”
As uDiscover Music previously reported, the two artists are also heading out on a co-headlining tour together this summer – also dubbed the ‘Night Running’ tour – with Spoon also featuring on the bill on most dates. Please visit Beck’s official website for tickets and further information about all dates.
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