Back in June Neko Case released her newest album Hell-On. And as expected, it lives up to the lofty expectations set by her spotless track record. The LP highlights all the numerous qualities that make Case such a treasure in music. It’s got brilliant lyrical themes and stories, beautiful vocal harmonies, layered instrumentals, and well-executed collaborations. Yet for such an engaging performer as Neko Case album, the album is fairly dense. It may take any number of listens before all of what’s going down can be fully understood. Naturally, though, there are multiple tracks that stick out for their catchy single-ready-ness. One such song is “Last Lion Of Albion,” a clear standout from the LP, which now has a standout video to go along with it.
The video for “Last Lion Of Albion” takes a lot of the lyric imagery and puts it all out there to create a fully-realized story. What makes the video so different though is how it’s made. It features intricate, artistic puppets amid a handmade set, and the results are utterly gorgeous. The creation and direction comes from Laura Plansker, whom Neko Case cites as one of her favorite artists.
Speaking about the video, Neko Case said:
“I’m very honored and excited to debut this video for “Last Lion of Albion” by one of my very favorite artists, Laura Plansker. I’ve loved her work forever; she so skilled at using handmade figures and props to create surreal worlds.
Her work perfectly balances humor and darkness in a way that breaks my heart. She has a way of making something so artificial so very alive. The turning of the lion’s head to look at the sky, or its own reflection makes me cry my eyes out. There is so much straight ahead compassion in Laura’s work, there’s no need to manipulate emotion of the viewer, it is the perfect balance.”
Watch “Last Lion Of Albion” right below here.
Buy Hell-On right here.