Jack Johnson’s seventh album, All The Light Above It Too, drops in September. The 42-year-old singer-songwriter’s first album since 2013’s From Here to Now to You is a collection of characteristically mellow rockers — but the lyrical vibe is far from chill. Inspired by trekking through the North Atlantic Gyre for a documentary about plastic pollution and witnessing the election of Donald Trump, All The Light Above It Too takes on heavy topics, like on “My Mind Is For Sale,” where Johnson sings about going up “against them walls.”
Now, EW is excited to premiere another tune from Johnson — and the music video that goes with it. “Understand one thing,” Johnson sings in the chorus of “You Can’t Control It.” “If and when you drink from this vast ocean, you can’t control it.” The clip features a time-lapse of Johnson and companions of his building a mosaic of plastic on an Oahu beach; the resulting product became All The Light Above It Too‘s album art.
“We found a clean section of the beach as the tide was pulling out,” Johnson tells EW. “It was easy to find all the material you see in the video since so much of the plastic from the North Pacific Gyre accumulates on the windward side of the Hawaiian islands. It’s basically a time-lapse of the cover image of my new album.”
Musically, All The Light Above It harkens back Johnson’s more simple early work. “I usually make sketches of the songs first then set up a time to actually record the album,” he said when he announced the album in July. “This time around the original sketches became the final versions. I didn’t want to lose any of the spirit that a song has in its rawest form.”
Johnson releases All The Light Above It Too on Sept. 8 and will tour North America in September and October. Check out the “You Can’t Control It” video above.