Watch David Gilmour’s New Video for ‘Rattle That Lock’
The striking animated black-and-white video was created by Alasdair & Jock from Trunk Animation, under the supervision of Hipgnosis, whose artwork for Pink Floyd's classic albums helped define Gilmour's old band. They took their cue from Gustave Dore's drawings for John Milton's Paradise Lost, the 17th century epic poem about the fall of man that Polly Samson, Gilmour's wife and collaborator, has also used for inspiration. The plot centers on Satan falling from heaven down to Earth. Along the way, Satan changes shapes from an angel to a cormorant and finally to a serpent.
"I love animation when it does something that can’t be achieved any other way,” Gilmour says in a press release announcing the video. "The film Alasdair & Jock have made for 'Rattle That Lock' highlights a darkness in the song that couldn’t have been shown any other way."
Samson was similarly impressed. “I think the animators have done a fine job, paying homage to Gustave Dore, bringing his illustrations for Paradise Lost alive, making a powerful visual for the song," she says.
Rattle That Lock, which will be released on Sept. 18, is Gilmour's first solo album since 2006's On an Island. He recorded the bulk of it in Brighton, England, and in the studio on his houseboat, with Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera and former Squeeze keyboardist Jools Holland helping out.
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