Neil Young produces animated video for “Hitchhiker” – Watch

A nice little double helping of videos for you today, your eyes can thank you later. Rolling Stone reports: “Neil Young offers an illustrated journey across America in the new video for “Hitchhiker,” the title track from his just-unearthed 1976 LP. The images correspond to Young’s lyrics throughout the video: During the second verse, when Young’s titular traveler “tried amphetamines,” the visuals become a smoky haze until the ocean appears when the hitchhiker arrives in California, “where I first saw open water.” 

Black Balloon previously crafted a video for “Powderfinger,” another Young staple that features – in sparse acoustic form – on Hitchhiker, which Young finally released from his vaults in September, 41 years and one month after the rocker recorded the album over the course of one night at a Malibu studio.

“The idea I had at the time was to present these new songs in their purest and simplest form, just as they had been written,” Young said of the bare bones recordings during a Colorado public radio appearance in September. However, Young’s label shelved the album until its release last month.”

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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 17 years, although if you go to his Twitter feed it's just one long list of all the things he loves about Jeremy Corbyn, which is irritating. Also likes astronauts.

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