The Story Behind The Decemberists’ New Music Video

The Decemberists just released the new music video for their single “Once In My Life” directed by Anonymous Content‘s Autumn de Wilde, and edited by Miky Wolf, with VFX and Finishing by our Significant Others.

The story of the music video follows director de Wilde’s brother Jacob, who is 7’2″ and lives with physical and intellectual differences, on a defiant dance through his home of Los Angeles.

Below is an excerpt of The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy statement released alongside the music video:

“The song, in this light, becomes more than just a “celebration of sadness,” (which I have sometimes called it) but suddenly a longing holler to the universe against one’s perceived otherness.”

And here is a portion of Autumn’s statement about the video, and the collaboration with her brother Jacob:

“My brother is in his 40’s and his long journey to achieve the comfort and understanding in how he moves, communicates and connects to others is inspiring to me. Self-love and acceptance are the real superpowers waiting for all of us.”

Watch the full video below:

And you can read both of their complete statements at The Decemberists’ website here.

For more coverage of the music video, head over to Rolling Stone, Spin and Consequence of Sound.