Sturgill Simpson’s latest music video dropped yesterday, four days after he took home the Country Album of the Year award for “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth” and performed at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Simpson was also nominated for Album of the Year, but lost to Adele’s “25.”
The video is for “All Around You,” the horn-laced song Simpson performed at the Grammys. Like the other two videos from “Sailor’s Guide,” it is directed by Matt Mahurin, and it features the same grungy, earthy animation style as the clips from “Brace For Impact (Live a Little)” and “In Bloom.” Unlike the other two videos, “All Around You” has more of a political bent.
The video features a young boy in a superhero costume and cape (probably a stand-in for Simpson’s young son, for whom “Sailor’s Guide” was written), walking gloomily around a barren landscape until he finds a ring in the shape of a heart. The ring becomes the boy’s compass that he uses to guide a rowboat. The boy then travels to a wall overseen by a very familiar-looking American president in a red tie and uses the heart to destroy the wall while the horns from the Dap Kings reach a crescendo.
The clip is the most political Simpson has ever gotten in a music video, although he made news last year after he called out the politics of Nashville when he said “Garden and Gun Magazine” disrespected the late Merle Haggard by not putting him on their cover as planned.
Watch the full video below.