Full Screen is our rumination on the remarkable music videos of the day. Today, Joanna Newsom goes walking with Paul Thomas Anderson, Mac DeMarco gets out on the water, and Youth Lagoon thinks about loss.
Joanna Newsom, "Sapokanikan"
It's been 5 long years since Newsom delivered the triple album Have One On Me (which I suppose affords her some time). Today, she returns with a video by Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed Newsom in Inherent Vice, along with news of her next release — only a double LP this around.
The Situationists, a mid-century intellectual foundation, used to talk about the dérive walk, an experiment whereby you'd stroll on an unplanned route through an urban environment with the goal of encountering some new experience. In the "Sapokanikan" clip, Newsom bounces through a wintery New York as the city unfolds before her. Much like the song, which rambles along on its own curlicue path, you're dropped off in a new and unexpected place every few steps.
Joanna Newsom's Divers is out October 23 on Drag City
Mac DeMarco, "No Other Heart"
For his last birthday, Mac drove to Wappingers Falls, NY and bought a tiny rowboat off some old guy and went for a cruise. There's a sail for it, he says, but he doesn't understand the rigging. "Somebody's going to have to come and show me the ropes." Taking his keyboard synth out onto the water for NPR, he's turned his lo-fi yacht rock into something worlds more literal.
Mac DeMarco's Another One is out now on Captured Tracks.
Youth Lagoon, "Highway Patrol Stun Gun"
The 26-year-old, Idaho-based songwriter Trevor Powers, a.k.a. Youth Lagoon, has dropped off a heavy clip directed by Kendy Ty. In "Highway Patrol Stun Gun," a masked man shadows Powers. He's a part of him, something he carries around — always with him everywhere. Until, all at once, he disappears. Staring long out the window and looking a bit broken, you get the feeling that the character still lives with Powers, now in some deeper recess.
Powers told The Fader:
For me [the concept of the video] was this idea of having this extension of yourself. We go down these life paths and we feel like we’re always alone, but we have those different aspects of our personality that are essentially grounding us; we're not quite alone, because we have our spirit. It was that idea, combined with the idea of losing someone and having them still be alive throughout your day to day—because I think that’s a very real thing. Anyone who’s experienced any sort of loss, you know you go out on a windy day you feel the wind on your skin and you feel like they’re still there.