“Exit 353” is a single off of Damien Jurado’s forthcoming LP, Visions Of Us On The Land, which is slated to be released in March. It’s the final installment of the Seattle-based singer-songwriter’s album trilogy, the first of which was 2012’s Maraqopa followed by 2014’s Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Sun. The new video for “Exit 353″ chronicles a young mother and her daughter’s journey to nowhere. Director Elise Tyler told Spin about her motivations:
Damien has a strong history of cinematic music videos, so I felt very free to explore narrative and image with “Exit 353.” I was inspired by the haunting landscapes of the Pacific Northwest; it is a perfect backdrop for Damien’s music, which clearly originates from the towering pine trees, dense fog, and winding hills of the region. We explored the area and created a world where two seemingly vulnerable young women are more powerful than one may think. In my mind, Damien is on the verge of leaving this world and disappearing into anonymity. He is pulled back momentarily by these young women who perhaps need his help — but he quickly realized that he should have never been seduced back into society, that he was and is alone among men.
The video is as strikingly beautiful as it is desperately sad. Watch below.
Visions Of Us On The Land is out 3/18 on Secretly Canadian.