By Amanda Wicks

Sturgill Simpson released the music video for the first single, “Brace for Impact (Live a Little),” off his new project A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.

The song touches on themes of time, change, life and death, and to depict each one in a powerful way, Simpson relied on illustrator Matt Mahurin to bring a unique touch to the video.

Related: Sturgill Simpson Announces New Album, Tour Dates, Covers Nirvana

Mahurin directed “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)”, which intersperses shots of a sepia-toned Simpson with animated images that transform before the viewer’s very eyes. A young boy lying asleep in bed quickly ages into a skeletal thing; people drudgingly walk step by step in a line while the Grim Reaper waits for them on the other side; and finally a Rapture-esque ending lifts figures into the sky via beams of light.

The images call to mind a hybrid between Salvador Dali’s work and the imagery Pink Floyd has used in the past, which works well for a song that has a touch of Pink Floyd about it. “So go and live a little/ Bone turns brittle/ And skin withers before your eyes/ Make sure you give a little/ Before you go to the great unknown in the sky,” Simpson sings on the chorus.

Simpson intended the nine-track album to function as a letter to his first child, who was born in 2014. In addition to eight original songs, the album also features a cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom.”

A Sailor’s Guide to Earth drops April 15th.


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