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Rare Futures “The Pressure” Video Is Spectacular Stop-Motion Space Travel (Premiere)

Rare Futures frontman Matt Fazzi has been around the block, having previously been a member of Taking Back Sunday and a regular collaborator with Atlas Genius and The Dear Hunter. He left Taking Back Sunday at the start of the decade to focus on Rare Futures, and now, the project has a new (and ambitious) music video for the song “The Pressure.” The clip premieres today exclusively on Nerdist, so check it out above.

Stop-motion video is never easy to produce, nor is it quick: The insane attention to detail that is required for this five-minute video took over a year to complete. Director Justin Burgos put the scene together in his garage in Portland, Oregon, using recycled and otherwise environmentally friendly materials whenever possible. This lends itself to the video’s thematic undertone of the consequences of global warming.

“Justin Burgos and I had cooked up the story together while he was visiting me in New York, and we chose stop-motion because it’s an old style that we loved growing up, watching shows like Wallace and Gromit, Gumby, and Mr. Bogus,” Fazzi told us. “‘The Pressure’ video is actually Justin’s very first full-length stop-motion undertaking, having only done short clips previously. I came up with a lot of the imagery in the story simply based on visuals given to me by certain climactic moments in the music, and used those as pillars to build around—i.e. this part sounds like a rocket launching, or this section is where the spaceman goes into warp speed. The story almost wrote itself around the song in that way, it was all very natural.”

The song is taken from the project’s upcoming debut album, This Is Your Brain on Love, which is set for release in March 2016 via In The Clouds Records and Fazzi’s Cerebral Music Group. The album is available for pre-order via Bandcamp.

IMAGE: Clayton Lancaster

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