The National have just unveiled their newest visual accompaniment related to their most recent album I Am Easy To Find. This time, it’s a fairly bare-bones music video for the standout album track “Hey Rosey.” The video continues the band’s collaboration with director Mike Mills, who in some ways has acted as the sixth member of the group throughout this album cycle. He helped produce the songs on the LP and made the short film of the same name, which acts as a continuation of the album’s themes (and vice versa).
Previous to this, The National have been steadily rolling out visual counterparts to I Am Easy To Find. There was the short film, a couple of music videos, and more recently a live concert film on Amazon. Initially, the “Hey Rosey”video may not seem like it has a direct connection to everything that’s come before, but it actually does. It solely stars dancer and choreographer Sharon Eyal, who’s surreal and impressionistic movements you may remember from the video for another album single “Hairpin Turns.” And, according to Mike Mills, her role is directly tied to the short film.
In a statement, Mills said:
“I had always loved the work of Sharon Eyal, especially her improvisation. Luckily she was also a fan of The National and we began talking about her doing some dance work around the new record. For Hey Rosey, we asked her to be a continuation of Alicia Vikander’s character in I Am Easy To Find – a side of that character we didn’t see in that film, the unconscious of that character, but really left that for Sharon to interpret. I think in subtle, strange, but really powerful ways she found movements and gestures that echo the feelings and themes in Hey Rosey.”
Check out the video for “Hey Rosey” down below.
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