The National have released a new song and video for “Hairpin Turns,” that also serves as an introduction to the creative cast behind their upcoming album, I Am Easy to Find.
The clip, shot in monochrome, strings together shots of individual members of the Ohio band performing the song, alongside other creative collaborators like guest vocalist Gail Ann Dorsey. Its protagonist, though, is dancer Sharon Eyal, whose loose-limbed, spontaneous choreography matches the song’s humming energy.
“The video is a very simple portrait of the band (and the friends who helped make the song) and the song itself: You see all the instruments that make up the song in isolation, even hear them recorded live on set over the album version, kind of like showing you the tracks that make up the song,” said director Mike Mills in a statement. “And you see everyone who contributed alone, including Gail Ann Dorsey, Pauline Delasser (aka Mina Tindle) and Kate Stables—but your mind puts them together.”
Mills also directed a 24-minute short film, starring Alicia Vikander, which is a companion release to I Am Easy to Find. The album, which will also feature “You Had Your Soul With You,” is out May 17.
Watch the video for “Hairpin Turns” here: