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.”
Check out the picturesque six-minute film here: