A day ahead of Poison Season’s release, Destroyer has shared a new video for his latest single “Times Square.” Apparently, there were plans to shoot the whole video in the titular New York City landmark, but it didn’t pan out: “We ended up just wandering around New York til 3am and the city seemed completely dead. We could have been anywhere, really,” director Shayne Ehman explained in a press release. So, instead, they made what you’ll see below: an absurdist stop-motion animated video with more shots of nature than you’d expect for a song about the tourist capital of the world. Here’s some more words from Ehman:
I needed to get outside and shoot in natural light in order to serve as a sort of conduit for those ‘forces of nature in love…’ which seem to rule the song. I let the sun do its thing and let the earth do it’s thing and watched time unfold. I watched the clouds unfold and unpack and packup. I was at their mercy, completely.
Poison Season is out 8/28 via Merge Records.