After fifteen years away, Pedro The Lion is back with his latest album, Phoenix. Fans of David Bazan can rejoice in the return of his introspective lyrics and casual delivery on “Quietest Friend”, which comes accompanied by a gothic clip directed by Jason Lester.
There is plenty on “Quietest Friend” for fans both old and new. A familiar red hoodie and yellow bicycle make appearances as the noisy soundscape washes everything into a haunting melody. The clip opens with Bazan arriving at a Southwestern motel and following his own doppelgänger through the halls, who himself is following a boy on a bike. Intrigue abound, one of the Bazans joins his band and performs the lush track with a stoic coolness.
The video, which was shot on 16mm film, draws you into the space. Long motel hallways become a dizzying search, a sitting room is outfitted with an accumulation of nostalgic objects, and the performance space feels wide and lonely. It is both backdrop and juxtaposition to the sound-dense track and Bazan’s apologetic message.
Nostalgia serves as a fuel for “Quietest Friend”, for Phoenix, and for Pedro the Lion. To hear more from the band, you can find them at their website, Spotify and Facebook page. You can also follow them on Twitter.