The esteemed auteur and frequent Jonny Greenwood collaborator has directed a labyrinthian video for Radiohead's second single from their forthcoming album.
We've written a few pieces about how auteurs often get their start as music video directors, but Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the few directors for whom that truism seems to be reversed.
The much beloved filmmaker has already worked with Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood on the score of his films The Master, There Will Be Blood, and most recently Inherent Vice. In return, Anderson directed a film documenting Greenwood's latest album, Junun, which he recorded with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur in Rajasthan, India. It's great to see two artists coming together in collaborative mastery; the music video for "Daydreaming" is the epitome of their work together.
There are tons of great filmmaking tricks in here that disorient the viewer while simultaneously managing to lull them into, well, a daydream-like trance.
Radiohead's ninth album and follow-up to The King of Limbs will be released this Sunday at 2 PM, and if it's anything half as beautiful as this video, there's reason to be excited.