alt-J have just shared a short film for new Relaxer single "Pleader".
The ambitious video comes directed by Isaiah Seret and was filmed in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales.
It chronicles life from birth to death within a Welsh mining family, and
includes footage of an actual birth taken from an experimental 1959
film, as well some impressive visuals of a "tidal wave of earth"
swallowing up an entire village.
"When we set out to make a video for ‘Pleader’, Joe sent the following
one line brief to director Isaiah Seret: 'a Welsh mining love story; a
tidal wave of earth.' What Isaiah came back with was an epic short film,
inspired both by the song's source material and Tarkovsky's The
Sacrifice. A family must pit their desire to have a child against the
knowledge that this would destroy their community. The hypnotic, hymnal
quality of the song binds the video throughout, hinting at redemption
while destruction takes place."