Michel Gondry is among the most accomplished and revered music video directors. And sometimes, he works for free.
On Monday, Jack White premiered a Gondry-helmed clip for “City Lights,” an old and unreleased White Stripes song set to be featured on upcoming retrospective Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016.
According to Pitchfork, Gondry heard the B-side and concocted a music video that he sent over as a “surprise gift.”Conceptually, the shower scene video is rooted in Gondry’s signature twee sensibilities—playful, nostalgic, dreamlike. It’s worthy, gripping fan art.