The NATIONAL – ” Walk It Back “

Posted: January 23, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The National have marked a year on form one the most controversial inaugurations of the most divisive American Presidents ever with a politically charged new video, for their track ‘Walk It Back’.

Using a host of close-up images of the current President and other figures, the band are raising questions marks over the robotic response we are offering. The video does this with the key focus being people but each image only showing us something untouchable, unattainable and, at heart, alien.

“The video documents the performance and spectacle of governance,” said director Casey Reas. It just his latest visual for the band, having previously directed clips for ‘Day I Die,’ ‘Carin at the Liquor Store,’ and ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.’

Directed by Casey Reas, the video features clips from various political broadcasts through the years such as Ronald Regan’s State of the Union address, and speeches from Newt Gingrich, Bill Clinton, Karl Rove.

The video documents the performance and spectacle of governance. It captures the pomp and rituals of Congress and its vainglorious, televised culture. The spoken text at the center of the song has been attributed to Karl Rove, George W. Bush’s advisor, but he has denied the association: “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality-judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

The Sleep Well Beast track is a glitchy, dystopian affair and feels cold, inhuman and somewhat isolated in every note. Fitting then that the band have used this single release to mark their line in the sand politically.

Taken from from last year’s ‘Sleep Well Beast’ album,

 

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