Portugal. The Man recently released the official music video for “Anxiety: Clarity,” featuring Paul Williams.
The video is the second release from the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning rock band from their Chris Black Changed My Life.
The Michael Ragen-directed video, which stars the band’s frontman John Gourley, was filmed on the unceded ancestral lands of the Knik Tribe in Alaska.
Ragen has directed many of the band’s other visuals, including “Noise Pollution,” “Evil Friends,” “Sleep Forever.”
“The videos are daydreaming … we’re capturing the recklessness of us as kids where we can be creative in our own little worlds. We can be Alaskan creative, you can go big; as far as you can see there are no limits,” says Gourley. “I love it, because the people there are up for anything, and they know how to find the fun and humor. The humor in all of it…that is so stupidly Portugal. The Man. We make videos there because in Alaska, anything is possible — that’s it, but also it’s also about family and our community. I want to make art with the people I love.”
“Filming PTM videos in Alaska has become a tradition at this point,” adds Ragen. “We’ve been filming there for the past four albums and I guess I can’t get enough of the subzero temperatures, but ultimately it’s an unmissable opportunity to escape the traditional structure and roles of filmmaking and just go experiment in the harshest possible environment during the coldest time of year with the coolest people.”
(Photo: Maclay Heriot)
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