alt-J share incredible Welsh mining inspired visuals for ‘Pleader’
alt-J have shared the visuals for Relaxer’s closing track ‘Pleader’ and it’s a six-minute spectacle set in 19th century Welsh valleys, taking it’s audience on a roller-coaster of emotions.
The song itself is inspired by Richard Llewelyn’s book How Green Was My Valley, a story set in 19th century Wales in a small mining town, in part about a family that hopes its youngest son will find a better life.
Joe Newman, alt-J singer and guitarist, told NPR “When we set out to make a video for ‘Pleader’, [I] 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.”