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Shearwater ‘Breaking the Yearling’

Clip for new single ‘Breaking the Yearling’

The video for Shearwater’s new single, “Breaking the Yearling,” contrasts footage of wild and taxidermied animals with extraordinarily creepy images of singer Jonathan Meiburg lip-synching while having his apparently-dead body restructured by filmmaker Branan Edgens. “In our college days, [Edgens] used to use me as a guinea pig for some of his experimental makeup effects,” says Meiburg. “For the video for ‘Breaking the Yearling,’ I wanted to figure out a way to make use of some of the amazing footage Branan’s shot over the years from around the world – especially beautiful scenes of animals and landscapes from Namibia, Thailand and Alaska – and we hit on the idea of using the American Museum of Natural History as a sort of gateway into these places, like the wood between the worlds in The Magician’s Nephew, my favorite of the Narnia books. But then Branan, with a gleam in his eye, suggested that by interacting with the stuffed animals, my character might enter more into their world than I’d bargained for. I think he might have just been looking for a reason to cover me in alginate and plaster again, for old time’s sake.”

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