You Won't Believe Explosions in the Sky's New Video Is Stop-Motion

Director Hayley Morris creates awe-inspiring graphics out of cut-paper sculptures.

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Mar 29 2017, 4:18pm

Using a craft knife and some glue, filmmaker Hayley Morris builds amazing abstract scenes from cut-out construction paper for "The Ecstatics," the new music video for Explosions in the Sky. Morris employs the same stop-motion formula that made her music videos for Iron and Wine and Pure Bathing Culture so successful, with simple camera tricks and her prowess as a cinematographer turning her static paper sculptures into expressive and mesmerizing video graphics. Human silhouettes fan out into patterned paper planes that play with light and shadow in a way that pushes their forms into abstraction. Morris also incorporates small glass-blown pieces that ultimately merging with the surrounding wave of paper. 

Check out the video in full below:

"The Ecstatics" is a single off the Explosions in the Sky's seventh studio album, The Wilderness, which hit #9 on Billboard top albums list.

You can pick up The Wilderness on BandCamp and check out more work by Hayley Morris on her website. Explosions in the Sky is about to head out on on tour. Catch them live in your city in the coming months:

4/6/17 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
4/7/17 - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre
4/8/17 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen
4/9/17 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
4/10/17 - Tallahassee, FL - The Moon
4/12/17 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
4/13/17 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
4/14/17 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
4/15/17 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
4/16/17 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
4/18/17 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
4/19/17 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
4/20/17 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
4/21/17 - Providence, RI - Lupo's
4/22/17 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
4/23/17 - Toronto, TN - Rebel
4/25/17 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
4/26/17 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
4/27/17 - Grand Rapids, MI - Covenant Fine Arts Center
4/28/17 - St Louis, MO - The Pageant
4/29/17 - Oklahoma City, OK - Criterion Theater

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