Neil Young takes a picturesque odyssey through the vast American landscape in his new animated video for “Peace Trail,” the title track of his latest LP. “Peace Trail” follows the animated “My Pledge” lyric video.
The “Peace Trail” clip features a series of distinctively images: A tornado plowing through the plain, a row of stores along a small-town main street, moonlight over cacti in the desert and a birds’ eye view of the vascular system of highways.
The video’s directors, Darcy Prendergast and Mike Greaney, told NPR that they used a paint-on-glass technique to create the images that capture “the rich, organic Neil Young sound. “This approach, combined with the painterly compositions of sweeping American landscapes, is narratively served up as a love letter to the older generation,” the duo said.
Young spoke to Rolling Stone in December about recording Peace Trail, and struggling and embracing modern recording technology like AutoTune. “I look at like what if I just dropped in here from outer space. What would I think? Remember hula hoops? Everybody had a hula hoop. I don’t know if you remember that. It kinda reminds me of that with phones. Can you imagine that that’s gonna last really a long time? I don’t see it. I think something is gonna replace that.”