Before they exit stage left, Justin Vernon and Bon Iver have dropped the video for their Bon Iver closer, “Beth/Rest”. Directed by Vernon and Dan Huiting, and filmed in the same woods that surround the band’s studio, the celestial clip fully encapsulates the track’s elegiac qualities, focusing on alien-like tribesmen that glow no different than Jor-El of Krypton. Vernon, who based the clip on a treatment he wrote, explains, “It’s kind of about two people who are truly meant for each other and what happens to their essence. How they connect is some other thing that we don’t know how to really talk about.” Admittedly, it doesn’t come close to that ’80s-inspired video a year back, but it’s nice to finally see something substantial and official. Uncork the magic below.
“Beth/Rest” serves as the fourth and presumably final single off last year’s Bon Iver. Available today via Jagjaguwar, the 12″ and digital versions of the single are backed by a full-band recording of the track from an August 2011 session at Rare Book Room.
In related news, Austin City Limits recently aired its episode featuring Bon Iver, and New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem plan on covering “Skinny Love” for Record Store Day. We too live in a weird, beautiful world, people.