Pearl Jam have just released the official music video for their song 'Retrograde', from their latest album Gigaton.
The animated music video paints a grim picture of a climate changed earth, the video highlights the environmental themes that the song does, such as the lyrics "seven seas rising forever" and a "future fading out."
17 year old climate change activist Greta Thunberg even appears in the video as a fortune teller, showing animations of popular city landscapes sinking under water.
The video was directed by Aussie director Josh Wakely, and he says it wasn't an easy one to make amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The video wasn't originally going to be animated, but obviously not a lot of in-person projects have been able to happen lately. Wakely admitted:
"Several times, I wondered if I’d have to call the band and tell them I couldn’t do it, I would walk into my basement studio at 8 a.m. and leave at 2 a.m., with Zoom running pretty much the entire time.
But it was an amazing team effort. And it remains pretty definitively the vision I set out in the script long before COVID was a word I understood."
Watch the music video above.