Paul Thomas Anderson’s filmography is a diverse list of films with a variety of tones and subject matters–he’s got “stoner crime comedy,” “porn drama,” “epic historical masterpiece” and “Adam Sandler movie” all covered so far. His music videography, though, is significantly less diverse. Of the eight music videos Anderson has directed, six of them are for songs by indie chanteuses like Aimee Mann and former paramour Fiona Apple. Now he’s added a ninth, and it fits the pattern of Anderson’s musical tastes.
The video for “Sapokanikan,” from the forthcoming fourth album, Divers, by singer/harpist Joanna Newsom, is a beautifully-photographed depiction of wandering the streets of New York on a cold winter day. There’s not much plot here (cue easy The Master jokes), but it definitely shows off Anderson’s interest in lighting, photography, and thin white ladies with quirky musical instincts and intriguing voices.