Wintersleep premiere video for “Forest Fire” at Clash Magazine
UK + EU tour dates through September 2019
New In the Land Of LP Out Now via Dine Alone Records
Today, Wintersleep are sharing their new video for “Forest Fire“, the latest single from the band’s seventh full length album, In the Land Of, which was released via Dine Alone in March. Described by Clash Magazine as “beautifully crafted, with its gently theatric feel perfectly entwined with the song’s narrative.” The director, Christopher Mills, explained the video:
“We wanted “Forest Fire” to be a stage play on a grand scale, in which Mother Nature conquers over all. This was a fun video to make. Members of the band sent video performances over iPhones – I mapped and built these into “puppet faces” on the houses, with the aim of giving each house its own personality, as our “hero house” gently serenades his neighbor, soothing her with love throughout a series of catastrophic events. A theatric narrative of random events occurring over time, culminate in a fiery conclusion, vying for an operatic and dark undertone. There’s a sort of “digital veneer” that some might find mildly abrasive – while others might see this as “painterly”. Either way, what’s for sure is that the pianos are lightning, the guitar solo is definitely fire, and the bass guitar is the ocean that holds it all in.”
In continuing support of the album, the band will be embarking on a European tour beginning in September. Full details can be found below.
“The average Canadian carries around with them in their head a vision of spaciousness.” So theorized Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, describing a so-called ‘Canadian sound.’ For Schafer and many others, it was a sound defined by space, by the land and our distance from and proximity to it. For Harry Freedman, it was “gaunt” and “lonely.” Elaine Keillor called it “immense, empty, mysterious, harsh, indifferent, producing a response of awe mingled with terror and an intense sense of spiritual loneliness.”
On Wintersleep’s seventh full-length record, In the Land Of, this geography is both real and imagined. It is understood that our surroundings are not, in fact, essential or concrete elements; they’re constructed in relation to us, the inhabitants. Our identities, too, are constructed in relation to the land. The land, both physical and figurative, changes, and so do we. Familiar land. Foreign land. Inhospitable land. Un-ceded land. Stolen land. Dead land.
Like all Wintersleep records, In the Land Of encourages thought and introspection. The new record’s title is an incomplete thought, a blank that is filled in across the record with different places, words, and sounds. “A lot of the songs touch on this idea of being a stranger or feeling foreign in all the different landscapes in which the songs took place lyrically,” explains vocalist and guitarist Paul Murphy. “It all relates back to the land,” adds guitarist Tim D’Eon.
In the Land Of follows 2016’s The Great Detachment, which saw it’s lead single “Amerika” spend 11 consecutive weeks atop Canada’s rock radio charts, remaining in the Top 10 for over 7 months as well as winning an Indie Award for Single Of The Year and a JUNO Award nomination for Adult Alternative Album.
In September Wintersleep will take to the road with tour dates throughout Europe. Full tour dates can be found below. The JUNO Award winners have previously toured several continents and shared stages with Pearl Jam, Broken Social Scene and The Hold Steady, a performance on Late Night with David Letterman and even an opening slot for Sir Paul McCartney.
In the Land Of is available everywhere now.
September live dates
Sept 10th // Switzerland, Zurich // Bogen F
Sept 11th // Germany, Munich // Milla Club
Sept 12th // Germany, Berlin // Musik & Frieden
Sept 13th // Germany, Hamburg // Molotow
Sept 14th // Denmark, Odense // Kansas City
1Sept 16th // Germany, Bremen // Tower
Sept 17th // Germany, Cologne // YUCA
Sept 18th // Germany, Wiesbaden // Schlachthof
Sept 19th // Belgium, Antwerp // Trix Bar
Sept 20th // Netherlands, Amsterdam // Cinetol
Sept 21st // France, Paris // Secret Show
Sept 23rd // UK, Manchester // The Castle Hotel
Sept 24th // UK, Glasgow // Venue TBA
Sept 25th // Ireland, Dublin // Grand Social
Sept 27th // UK, London // Omeara