The incisive veteran songwriter Bill Callahan released his new album Dream River last month, and now he’s made his first music video from the album. It’s for “Small Plane,” the same lovely sigh of a song that he played in a community garden for NPR’s cameras. Callahan co-directed the video with Hanly Banks, and it plays as a short silent movie, with title cards and scratchy black-and-white cinematography. It tells the absolutely ridiculous story of two people in love, but with a communication problem that could mess things up for them. I laughed out loud more than once. If you’ve ever wanted to see Callahan’s silent-movie-villain maniacal laugh, that’s it pictured above. Watch the video below.
Dream River is out now on Drag City.