A close up slow motion shot of a moth spreading its wings and taking off, a soot-covered book, and a man riding his bike through the abandoned streets leaving a trail of ash, not to mention Alex Gehring of Ringo Deathstarr wielding some sparkling magic in her hands set the tone for what is a supernaturally enchanting video for Ace Reporter’s “Stick To.” The video is considerably darker than directors Peter Simonite and Annie Gunn’s previous, “Postcard from 1952” by Explosions In The Sky anyway.
“”Stick To” is one of the darker and more energetic songs on Yearling, so we wanted to bring to the video a sense of crazed motion, a sort of nihilistic tumbling towards your fate, whatever that might be,” the band’s Chris Snyder explained. “We had just watched C’etait un Rendezvous, which is this amazing short film of a high-speed drive through a pre-dawn Paris in 1976, and we sort of transposed that premise onto New York, with some twists. I wanted to make sure that the video didn’t give itself away, and as much as it follows a simple plot–boy wants girl, boy rides bike to girl, boy finds girl–there’s this creepy ambiguity that underlies the whole thing. Knowing what or who you want isn’t enough if what you want turns out to be, you know, evil.”