Two things we haven’t actively thought about since at least last year have teamed up for a music video. Alice In Chains’ generally solid The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here was released last year, and after a round of touring, not much has been heard from the band. BitTorrent, a file sharing service that was, for a long time, the most popular way to download illegal music and movies, released the band’s video for “Phantom Limb” yesterday via the service. To see the video, you had to offer your email and download the client if you hadn’t already. It’s part of the company’s move to legitimize themselves, following an album released by Thom Yorke via BitTorrent. Other artists including Lady Gaga, Madonna and De La Soul have released music via BitTorrent.
As for the video itself, it’s directed by Roboshobo, and is the beautifully-directed clip follows an older man confronted by a younger one in a home invasion. There’s also an undercurrent of surveillance and media throughout the video. It’s pretty unsettling, but the song’s seven minute length makes it a mini-epic, and the ending is pretty satisfying.