Explosions in the Sky released a psychedelic video for “The Ecstatics” featuring director Hayley Morris‘ stop-motion visuals. As the Wilderness epic veers from synth pulses to strings to distorted drums, the director transforms paper, glass and translucent objects into human body parts, including breathing lungs and blood coursing through veins.
The Austin symphonic/post-rock quartet spoke to Fast Company about the unexpected collaboration, which began after the band’s manager recommended Morris. The band only gave the director, who’s previously worked with Iron & Wine and Pure Bathing Culture, a broad mission: to create a visual that tapped into the “wilderness of the mind.”
“I immediately thought of the beautiful chaos that is in the mind space and how that space has a multitude of transitions, whether it’s a transition from life to death or going from unknowing to knowing,” Morris said. “Their music really lends itself to that. When you listen to it, you kind of just float into this other space.”
Explosions drummer Chris Hrasky said the band generally avoid releasing videos because their music is often “described as cinematic or visual” on its own. “Maybe there was part of us that felt like it’s better to have people imagine their own visuals to play throughout the songs,” he added. “The music is very much open to whatever the listener wants to interpret it as.”