The National have marked a year on form one the most controversial inaugurations of the most divisive American Presidents ever with a politically charged new video, for their track ‘Walk It Back’.
The Sleep Well Beast track is a glitchy, dystopian affair and feels cold, inhuman and somewhat isolated in every note. Fitting then that the band have used this single release to mark their line in the sand politically.
Using a host of close-up images of the current President and other figures, the band are raising questions marks over the robotic response we are offering. The video does this with the key focus being people but each image only showing us something untouchable, unattainable and, at heart, alien.
“The video documents the performance and spectacle of governance,” said director Casey Reas. It just his latest visual for the band, having previously directed clips for ‘Day I Die,’ ‘Carin at the Liquor Store,’ and ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.’
Take a look below.