Frame by frame, face by face, and beat by beat — Adrianne Lenker’s new video for her track “symbol” takes us through the diversity of humans experiencing happiness. Perfectly, the video takes place during a day at Coney Island, from the bright smiles of daylight to the wonder at fireworks. But it’s not the setting featured in the camera’s eye: it’s the people.
The Big Thief singer uses her soft and dreamy voice over plucked and muted guitar to create a patient wash of sound. The patterns here wrap you up and linger in your mind alongside the faces we are introduced to. It’s a combination that invites you to lean in, listen closer, memorize, and maybe even spin with the joy that Lenker does when left to explore.
“symbol” comes off Lenker’s latest album, abysskiss, which was recorded over a week with producer Luke Temple and has already seen critical acclaim. abysskiss is out via Saddle Creek.