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Julian Casablancas + the Voidz Explore ‘Human Sadness’ in New Mini-Movie

After premiering his new music video at tiny screenings in major U.S. cities, Julian Casablancas has just uploaded the visual for his Voidz’ track “Human Sadness” for all to see. It’s a 13-minute treatment directed by Warren Fu and Nicholaus Goossen (with a story by the Strokes frontman himself) that starts with a retro feel as the band plays the song in a sparse studio, filmed in scratchy vision. The video expands its reach quickly, hitting on themes of love, war, abandonment, solitude, and others everyday facets of the human condition — think if Drive had even less plot and more knottily coiffed guitar players strumming in the dark city streets.

Though watching the entire visual is a commitment, “Human Sadness” is actually a grimy bunch of fun (keep an eye out for the Guitar Hero scene). Watch it below.