The Pixies channel Sisyphus in the new video for "Silver Snail," a cut from Indie Cindy, their latest album -- and first in 23 years.
Mount Emult directed the confounding video, which sees a young man dragging a heavy bag across a snow-covered tundra, pursued by masked nightmare people. The protagonist hurls his burden into a lake, only to be dragged back to the start. Worst summer camp ever.
What is the meaning of all this? The enigmatic lyrics don't clear anything up, but at a recent NPR Tiny Desk performance, Black Francis said the song was about an experience the band had in a rehearsal space in Somerville, MA. So, you know, don't go to the Pixies' rehearsal space.
Pixies "Silver Snail" Video Credits:
Mount Emult - Director/Editor
Dan Peck - Cinematographer/Colorist
Colby Makin - 16mm cinematography
Swathi Mohan - AC
Paul W. Preston - Grip
Andrew Hart - Hands
pronoblem (James Bickford) - Masks, Beast Costume
Chris Tamma - Man Dragging Bag, Beast
Tom Pappalardo - Broken Lady
Alek Gorzewski - Broken Man
pronoblem (James Bickford) - Snake Man, Beast
Source: PixiesOfficialTV YouTube Channel