See Bruce Springsteen's Short Film for 'Hunter of Invisible Game'

The singer-songwriter portrays a post-apocalyptic survivor in the Thom Zimny-directed 'High Hopes' clip

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July 9, 2014 12:15 PM ET

Bruce Springsteen plays a post-apocalyptic survivor, haunted by the past, in the short film for his High Hopes track "Hunter of Invisible Game" that debuted Wednesday on his website. After the singer-songwriter looks at photographs of his past, Cormac McCarthy–like visions of women doing laundry are juxtaposed with images of him standing in front of a burning scarecrow as acoustic guitar and orchestral strings trade off with one another. The story unfolds in the Thom Zimny–directed clip as he says goodbye to a child and sets out on his own, recalling times of togetherness with his family as he forages his memories alone. The song kicks in around halfway through the 10-minute clip.

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"For a long part of the year, Thom Zimny and I have been talking about shooting a short film for 'Hunter Of Invisible Game,'" Springsteen wrote on his website. "We've finally got the job done, and we think it's one of our best. Thanks Thom for the hard work and brotherly collaboration. You and your crew bring it all. And to all of you out there in E St. Nation, we hope you enjoy! See ya up the road."

One of the few songs on High Hopes that was never previewed live, Springsteen said "Hunter of Invisible Game" came from a title he wrote down years ago and later grew into a full song after he dabbled in some post-apocalyptic reading. "The idea of these travellers in the wasteland, and what's the guy trying to do? He's trying to hold onto their humanness, their humanity in all of this ruin," Springsteen told Rolling Stone. "That was the idea. That's who this guy is, the guy who is hunting out remnants of what makes the spirit. It was one of those songs that came together a certain way and I didn't think much about it when I wrote it. I put it away. Now it's probably one of my favorite things on the record."

Along with High Hopes, Springsteen celebrated Record Store Day with the release of a 12-inch vinyl EP, American Beauty, which contained four additional new tracks. And though Springsteen may have just wrapped up his sprawling 2014 North American tour, the rocker recently popped up in Lisbon, Portugal for the Rock in Rio Festival to perform "Tumbling Dice" with the Rolling Stones; and just last week Springsteen the ultimate honor when he was the subject of his very own Jeopardy! category.

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