Cass McCombs is releasing a compilation album, A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc., today, and he’s celebrating with a new video for “I Cannot Lie,” a 2003 one-off. The video is made up of scenes from the 2005 documentary Following Sean about San Francisco’s counterculture, and all the clips were compiled by Malcolm Pullinger — the track showed up on the soundtrack to the film itself. Here are some words from McCombs about the video:
Alongside its original release on 7 inch in 2003, “I Cannot Lie” appeared in the documentary Following Sean by Ralph Arlyck. I had been a fan of Ralph’s work, and my friend Malcolm was working with him on the film and introduced us (I actually wrote some of “Your Mother and Father” on Ralph’s piano). This video is an excerpt from Following Sean, slightly reworked. These images from the Bay Area in 1969 still seem relevant today, especially the shots of protesters being beaten by militant police.
Watch via Pitchfork below.
A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc. is out now via Domino.