The Magnetic Fields – “’85 Why Am I Not A Teenager” Video

Not long ago, Stephin Merritt’s Magnetic Fields came out with 50 Song Memoir, a five-disc album that features a song for every year that Merritt has been alive. And now Merritt’s followed his videos for “’83 Foxx And I” and “’81 How To Play The Synthesizer” with a new one for “’85 Why Am I Not A Teenager,” a song about those deeply shitty early days when you join the adult workforce. Its fancy new animated video, from director Alexander Petrowsky, is full of elaborate old-timey book drawings come to life, and it tells the story of a working drone who get swallowed by a whale. Watch it below.

50 Song Memoir is out now on Nonesuch.