After teasing its arrival yesterday, Pearl Jam have shared the official music video for their latest Gigaton single ‘Retrograde.’ You can check it out below.
For the ‘Retrograde’ visual, Pearl Jam teamed up with director Josh Wakely [Beat Bugs, Motown Magic]. 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.
Pearl Jam’s Gigaton album was released in March this year through Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records. The band previously shared videos for ‘Dance Of The Clairvoyants’, ‘Superblood Wolfmoon’, and ‘Quick Escape.’
Speaking about the new album with Zane Lowe on his Apple Music Beats 1 show, guitarist Stone Gossard said: “Vocalist Eddie Vedder did a great job. There was a pile of songs and he mixed and selected the tracks that really were going to be special. He did such a great job of bringing everybody’s personalities out.
“It was probably different than any of us would have made individually, but it really captures, I think, the spirit of the band.”
Last month, Pearl Jam launched a Gigaton 4K Apple TV experience, which saw the band team up with Evolve Studios to “create an unparalleled experience that enhances Gigaton’s massive scope.”
Gigaton producer Josh Evans said: “I’m excited for fans to be able to immerse themselves in the sound and to hear the depth and layers of these songs and and performances. It’s truly a unique way to experience this album.”