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Thurston Moore’s ‘Speak to the Wild’ Plays Like Creepy Kurosawa

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Thurston Moore’s new solo album, The Best Day, hits stores tomorrow via Matador after a month-long delay. In preparation for the full-length, the Sonic Youth co-founder has released the video for his sprawling, eight-minute track, “Speak To The Wild.”

Though it’s hard to figure out what’s happening from scene to the scene, the video loosely strings together some mother-child bonding moments with snippets of mysterious, hooded, cult-like figures who seem to have some vested interest in the kid. One of those creepy figures is revealed to have a shimmering face, not entirely unlike the protagonist from Calvin Harris’ recent “Slow Acid” video. There’s also some inexplicable backwards running.

In a statement on Matador’s website, the video’s director, Santiago Mostyn, had this to say:

I have the image of a character, a woman who could be a mother (slightly older, slightly wilder, like a silent Jenny Wilson) carrying a large and alien precious object into the forest and sequestering it there. It would be a narrative trajectory but with sublime interruptions – the cavity where she stashes the object filling with gold, painted figures following her through the trees, DIY-Kurosawa style.

We’ll allow it. Watch the video above and pick up Moore’s Best Day tomorrow.