Tegan And Sara released a series of whimsical videos to follow the release of their most recent album, Love You To Death, and the accompanying visuals for “Hang On To The Night” are no exception. In the clip, a series of mythical beasts befriend one another during hard times and help a giant horse-headed man hang new stars in the sky. The video was directed by Lisa Hanawalt, the production designer and producer of the excellent Netflix show BoJack Horseman, and animated by Nicole Stafford. Here’s what Hanawalt had to say about the concept behind it:
My video was partly inspired by Fantasia (the Pastoral Symphony part with all the pegasi & centaurs!), and also by folktales about the origination of things in nature. A few years ago, I came up with this colossal horse figure who puts the stars in the sky every night and wakes up all the nighttime creatures, and when I heard this song it just felt like the perfect fit, visually. I added a few more story beats – halfway through the video, some humans in helicopters try to interfere because they don’t understand her. Two cats fall in love and then explode into stars, sacrificing themselves. I want it to feel a little sad, but also kind of hopeful because you know the cycle will repeat itself the next night.
Love You To Death is out now via Warner Bros.