Ariel Pink has always obsessed over the afterlife of Seventies rock, beginning his career with a handful of home-recorded LPs that sounded like lo-fi transmissions arriving 30 years behind schedule. In the video for his new “Dayzed Inn Daydreams,” the singer attempts visualizes this effect: Over the clip’s five-and-a-half minutes, he shows an aging musician – part glam and part punk – ride the bus, shoot pool, visit a nursing home and perform onstage. At the end, the character hands a cigarette to and briefly chats with a girl named Angel.
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Director Grant Singer went as far as to cast an actual aging musician – the former frontman of the L.A. band the Mau-Mau’s – for the part. “The video is the story of a man, played by Rick Wilder, who was once the frontman of a band that existed decades ago,” the photographer and filmmaker tells Rolling Stone. “Through a series of scenes depicting his everyday life, we tell his story.”
“Dayzed Inn Daydreams” appears on Pink’s most recent album Pom Pom, which was released on 4AD last November. A handful of the record’s track were written in the hospital with Kim Fowley, the Runaways manager-producer who died of cancer earlier this year. It can be purchased here.