Following a series of teasers and videos, Queens of the Stone Age have released a 15-minute animated short film preceding the release of their upcoming album . . . Like Clockwork. The film follows a string of discomfiting clips the band has released over the past week, including an animated video last Friday for "My God Is the Sun."
The new film strings together several songs and combines them with images by artist Boneface and animator Liam Brazier for an effect that Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme describes in a release as "an audio commentary of a manic year."
The multiple passages in the video, which includes the full-length video for "My God is the Sun," follow a nightmarish logic. The first segment features a bandaged and bloodied man being dragged by some unknown force through a desert landscape as crows, rats and other scavengers look on hungrily. The man is levitated across a cliff and later free falls through an urban cityscape before the scene transitions to a carnival-esque character roaming dimly lit streets and alleys, windows shattering as the character passes.
. . . Like Clockwork, due out on June 4th, features contributions from Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Elton John, original bassist Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan, Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner and Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears.