José González has said one theme of his first solo album since 2007, the upcoming Vestiges & Claws, is “the zoomed out eye on humanity on a small pale blue dot in a cold, sparse and unfriendly space.” He has shared the first song from the February 17 release on Mute, “Every Age,” and the languid, gentle acoustic koan comes with a video that actually gives viewers a chance to look down on Earth from space.
Directed by Simon Morris and Chris Higham, the clip uses 360-degree technology that lets you change the perspective as the camera ascends past the atmosphere. The concept fits the sparse recording and the wide-eyed lyrical content. González sings, “We don’t choose where we’re born/ We don’t choose in what pocket or form/ But we can learn to know ourselves/ On this globe in the void.” Sounds like someone might enjoy spending an hour or two on NASA’s new SoundCloud page.
Listen to the song below, or watch the interactive video over at Eyes in Space.