Jason Isbell and his band the 400 Unit have shared a music video for “Only Children,” from their latest album Reunions.
“Only Children,” which was initially released in March, is the first song from Reunions to receive the visual treatment. Under filmmaker Kurt Simpson’s direction, the video tells a mysteriously dreamy tale of two friends that find an otherworldly backpack and explore its contents as they flee across town.
The track was written during a holiday Isbell took with his wife—and 400 Unit bandmate, as well as “Only Children” backing vocalist—Amanda Shires, taking inspiration from his younger creative years. The character Isbell sings about is a composite of a few of his friends from that time, though its primary inspiration had been dead a few years before the song was written.
“We spent a lot of formative time together, back home in Alabama,” Isbell said, recalling his late friend in an interview with Austin City Limits Live. “When somebody has the same interests as you in a small town, they can be like an oasis. That connection never leaves you. If you lose them, sometimes you wind up addressing their ghost for the rest of your life.”
Reunions arrived in May earlier this year as Isbell’s follow-up to 2017’s The Nashville Sound. Alongside “Only Children,” the LP also spawned singles “Be Afraid,” “What’ve I Done to Help” and “Dreamsicle.” In late September, Isbell dueted with Shires on her new song “The Problem.”
Watch the haunting video for “Only Children” here: