Pearl Jam have shared a new short film allowing fans to go behind the scenes at the making of the video for their new single, ‘Retrograde’, which was directed by Josh Wakely.
The ‘Retrograde’ video predicted a series of climate change disasters. The animated clip opens with a lone traveller driving through the rain and descending upon a strip mall. Visiting a psychic, the protagonist witnesses the destruction of the world in a crystal ball as the seas overtake the Eiffel Tower in Paris, London Bridge in London, and the group’s native Seattle.
Fluid animation moves like an oil painting in motion as the animated musicians — Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Jeff Ament, and Matt Cameron — step out of their respect tarot cards and into a march. While the water continues to rise climate change activist and revolutionary Greta Thunberg appears behind the crystal ball as a clairvoyant.
The new behind the scenes film delves further into how the project came together and features original story boards, green screen footage along with work in progress shots. You can check it out below.
Josh Wakely says: “Retrograde’ is one of the great Pearl Jam songs. There is an urgency and craft to the song and the entire Gigaton album.
“I loved bringing it to life through sight and motion. It is an unusual time in the world and this has been one of my most fulfilling experiences as a filmmaker. Pearl Jam are a band and group of people that I love collaborating with. The vision that I present – of a world ruined by climate change – is my way of sounding the alarm about the consequences of inaction.
“I sincerely hope this video serves as a reminder that it’s gonna take much more than ordinary love to lift this up.”
Gigaton debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart on release, while it also landed in the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200. Internationally, the album debuted at No. 1 in Italy and Austria, Top 5 in Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Canada, and Finland and Top 10 in the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand.