Indie-folk artist Kevin Morby has shared a music video for “Campfire,” the lead single from his upcoming album Sundowner.
Morby opens the clip, directed by Johnny Eastlund and Dylan Isbell, by exploring a beautiful but desolate landscape, guitar in hand. Before long, the musician meets his real-life partner, Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield, who inspires him to trade his six-string for an electric guitar and run away with her in her pickup truck.
Sundowner is the follow-up to Morby’s 2019 album Oh My God, and began to take shape as he was toying with an analog 4-track tape recorder while completing the preceding record.
“It is a depiction of isolation,” Morby said of Sundowner in a statement. “Of the past. Of an uncertain future. Of provisions. Of an omen. Of a dead deer. Of an icon. Of a Los Angeles themed hotel in rural Kansas. Of billowing campfires, a mermaid and a highway lined in rabbit fur. It is a depiction of the nervous feeling that comes with the sky’s proud announcement that another day will be soon coming to a close as the pink light recedes and the street lamps and house lights suddenly click on.”
In April, Morby and Crutchfield played a four-song acoustic set for the remote version of NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, which included a Jason Molina cover.
Sundowner will be released on October 16 via Dead Oceans. Watch Morby’s video for “Campfire” here: