Ahead of the release of his new album Comma next week, Sam Prekop (The Sea and Cake) had shared the enigmatic, dreamlike video for album closer “Above Our Heads”. Directed by Tim Sutton (Dark Night, Pavilion, Donnybrook), the video opens with the camera soaring over the Colorado cityscape at sunset, eventually descending to follow a lone figure running through an empty industrial estate, perfectly capturing the track’s weightless yet melancholic overtones with a distinctive yet oblique sense of narrative.
On writing the piece, Prekop elaborates: “Above Our Heads” started as a suite of quite disparate parts that I just couldn’t get to work or make sense of ultimately, but this section which would become “Above Our Heads” kept pulling me back into it. Every record needs just the right last track, so I decided this would be it and thinking about it as the final piece solidified it’s direction for me. To me it feels quite celebratory and mournful simultaneously, a quality that seems difficult to pin down, this dichotomy is something I’m always hopeful of achieving.”
On working with Prekop on the video for “Above Our Heads”, Tim Sutton explains: “In both direct and abstract ways, for years Sam’s music has helped me describe how I see the world —these strange days we live in are no exception. Like when we made the video for “Pavilion”, the simplest idea came to me, and that’s always what I try and explore without allowing it to get over complicated. I asked Mo Shane to collaborate virtually— me in Brooklyn and him in Colorado— and the result feels much like his music to me. Weightless and heavy at the same time.”