Dinosaur Jr are readying the release of Sweep It Into Space, which is set for release on April 23rd via Jagjaguwar, and today they’ve previewed the album with a video for “Garden.”
The energetic new indie rock track was written by Lou Barlow, and the accompanying clip, which was directed by Lou and Adelle Barlow. The video sees the band performing in the snow alongside illustrations from John Moloney and animation from Chloe Hemingway.
“Everyone seemed to want a disruption in the order of American life, it seemed necessary,” Barlow explains. “Then it happened. It began as a bitter lamentation but as I was finishing the lyrics, singing over the instrumental version of the song while driving to J [Mascis]’s through the miles of farmland that separate his studio in Amherst and my home in Greendield (Massachusetts), I saw a sign on a shed: Back to the Garden. I was looking for a resolution, where do we go when faced with such dramatic confusion? Back to basics, back home, back to the garden. Luckily I was able to complete the vocals and instrumentation for the song just before the quarantine.”
Watch the video for “Garden” below.
Barlow explains of the video:
“There wasn’t a video planned for the song but since my wife Adelle and I had started making holiday ‘specials’ for my YouTube channel this past December, we thought we could knock one out for ‘Garden.’ I wanted to capture the two of us holding hands on a levy overlooking a scenic bend in the Connecticut River (very close to where the first Dinosaur video, ‘Little Fury Things,’ was filmed!). Adelle thought we should incorporate the whimsical paintings of Dinosaur Jr’s tour manager John Moloney. He routinely dashes off caricatures of J, Murph and I when we travel. I told John about our ideas and he thought it would be easy to video the band playing the song. So, John and Adelle quickly captured the band playing the song on their iPhones on a cold February afternoon and I edited it all together in iMovie. Then we had Chloe, the real vid expert at Jagjaguwar, put the paintings by John and Adelle into the mix, and that’s it! Thanks for watching.”