Jim James has shared the surreal new video to his single A New Life, featuring the My Morning Jacket frontman giving an acoustic performance in a darkened room, before opening a door to a surreal new world; dancing with a buffalo-headed woman in the desert, flanked by backing dancers. A New Life is taken from James new solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, out now on V2.
James drew inspiration for the song from a vintage book entitled Gods Man, a wordless 1929 woodcut novel by Lynd Ward, for the song, making parallels between his life and the life of the novels protagonist. “Theres a scene [in God’s Man] where the main characters like chased out of town and he falls off a cliff and is lost and kind of injured and this woman finds him and nurses him back to health and they fall in love,” James says. “And they have a child together and they have this new life thats kind of coming. That had happened to me. Like, I had fallen offstage and gotten injured and gotten super dark and fell in love and all that was happening at the same time I was loving this book. It was like I had this beautiful illustration of what was happening in my life.”