Fleet Foxes have shared a new short film for the opening track to last year’s “I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar.” It is directed by Robin Pecknold’s brother Sean Pecknold, and made in a partnership with WeTransfer. Watch below or at WeTransfer. Sean Pecknold explained in a press release:
For me, the song encapsulated the themes and feelings of the whole record like an overture; the darkness / lightness, the fast / slow, the tension between two competing voices and the unpredictable dynamic shifts of tempo and voice. I wanted to create a striking visual allegory that felt both intimate and lonely, grand and triumphant.
With the film I wanted to visualize the struggle within the song through the story of a fictional character trying to escape from his house and reach an ever elusive mythical place only to be brought back to the start by the pull of a mysterious red cube. At the start of the film it’s as if we have happened upon a man tired from a repetitive struggle that has been going on for weeks, months, even years. There becomes a frustrating sense of repetition as he attempts to reach these metaphorical end goals and fails time after time. It’s something I can relate to, and hopefully others can too.