When Cage the Elephant announced their new album Social Cues back in January, the track listing’s most enticing bit was a collaboration with Beck, just their second featured artist across their five LPs. The video for that song is out today (May 3).
The trippy, neon-tinted visual was directed by Jennifer Juniper Stratford, who wanted to “create a realm where a super computer that hosts a simulation program that creates a series artificial worlds,” as she described in a press release.
“Beck would appear to live within the software as a master control, while Matt [Shultz] would be transported to different worlds and new identities, leaving him to question what is real,” Stratford said.
“Night Running” finds Beck trading vocals with Cage frontman Matt Shultz over a hazy, reggae-rock track. Like the rest of Social Cues, which dropped April 19, it was produced by alt radio mainstay John Hill (the man behind Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still,” Young the Giant’s “Superposition”).
The two artists are also heading out on a co-headlining tour together this summer, named for the track (with Spoon as support). Check out The Night Running Tour dates here.