The ‘80s-inspired dark synthpop band Boy Harsher released an experimental visual album, The Runner, on Shudder, a first for the streaming platform.
If you are unfamiliar with the concept of a visual album, they are short films made by accompanying a musician’s album with a cinematic storyline, think Beyoncé‘s Lemonade.
The Runner is a short film (40 minutes!) that replicates an 80s horror movie aesthetic with its lead played by King Woman’s Kristina Esfandiari.
“The Runner follows a strange woman (Esfandiari) as she travels to a secluded, rural town where her violent compulsions are slowly revealed. The story intertwines with band Boy Harsher performing on a public access channel. Their music scores the strange woman’s descent deeper into the unknown,” reads the synopsis.
The film also stars performance artist Sigrid Lauren of FlucT and musician Cooper B. Handy of Lucy.
The Runner is a treat for fans of ‘80s cinematic storytelling, weird narratives, and awesome music. This visual album is a first for Boy Harsher and a first for Shudder. The album The Runner will release on January 21, 2022.
The film can be viewed on the Mandolin streaming app in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
For more information on the film and visual album, check out Boy Harsher’s website for The Runner, where you can find showings of this film around the world, the band’s tour schedule, where to buy the album, merch for the album, and other neat things.
The trailer for the visual album is below.