We've premiered the video of Simian Ghost's latest single, taken from their upcoming fourth album; intriguingly self-titled, and produced by Phoenix's Thomas Mars. It's eerie and esoteric, complementing their unique spin of alternative pop, and actually directed by the band's singer Sebastien Arnström.

He's answered some questions for us below about transfiguring music into visuals, from one art form into another, as the autonomous creator.

Tell us about your main visual inspirations for 'Last Night'?

As with all the visual stuff I've done, I just listen to the track and whatever images pop up in my head I write down. Then I quickly realize that we won't be able to afford that first cool idea, and so I repeat the process until I've got something we can work with. I'm influenced by directors and artists I like of course—Mathias recognized some Lynchian things happening in this one. Also, it follows a theme we established in the Fun video. There is a progression here.

How did you first learn to direct your own videos? Why don't more musicians choose to do the same?

I have no idea. It's a lot of work though, much more than I realized before I started doing it. I also edit the material, but if you can outsource that part it might move smoother. I have a good friend, Victor Claeson, who is a super talented photographer and visual artist, so I've done most of our stuff with him. We both love movies and we've both studied art and cinema, but I'd say we're mostly self-taught when it comes to actually recording stuff.

What would your step-by-step guide for other artists wanting to direct their own?

Just do it until you get good at it. There's nothing you can't learn by yourself with a pot of coffee and a wifi connection. And be prepared to suck at it for a long time.

Any equipment and programmes would you recommend to someone doing it themselves for the first time?

Equipment is the hardest part. It all depends on what level of image quality you're aiming for of course, but if you want to make stuff in higher resolutions, it'll cost some money. For this, we used a Sony camera with an Atomos Shogun attached. When it comes to software I like Premiere, but I also use Final Cut. I just go with what's available.

Is an idea more important than technicality?

Those things are sort of locked together. Learning how to shape ideas that fit your technical limitations is key. I'm no whizz with cameras or anything, but I know enough to see what's possible and not possible. Limitations can really be a creative spark. Directors that overshoot their limitations usually turns out crap.

If budget was no limit, is there a video you've always wanted to make?

If budget was no limiter, I'd make a movie! That's my biggest dream in life. I have a lot of ideas for that. They're all really loose and weird though. I have a dream music video too, but that might be happening, so I won't spoil that idea just yet.