Heartache is always a theme inside Spencer Krug’s songs, whether he’s writing for Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown or his latest project, Moonface. His lyrics may be the most literal they’ve ever been on his newest Moonface album With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery, but it makes sense that artist Marsha Balaeva chose a mythical interpretation in her gorgeous animated video for “Faraway Lightning.” According to her, the story corresponds to the five stages of mourning — as the clip’s protagonist travels between worlds, he comes to grips with his loss. Krug is a master at blending myth and fantasy into everyday stories — in fact, the character’s feather suit and fall to earth recalls the Icarus story, a myth Krug used frequently with Sunset Rubdown. Balaeva’s hand-drawn, translucent stop-motion animation almost looks like a shadow play, further connecting Krug’s trance-like track to older forms of storytelling. Balaeva also created the video for Moonface’s “Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips,” as well as for Frog Eyes’ “The Sensitive Girls.”
With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery is out now via Jagjaguwar.