On September 16th, Touche Amore will release their new album, Stage Four, via Epitaph. Today, the band has shared the new video for the track “Skyscraper,” featuring guest vocals from singer/songwriter Julien Baker. The video is a black-and-white tour (with a late burst of color) through New York, with lots of slow-moving, heartbreaking and beautiful shots following singer Jeremy Bolm as he pushes an empty wheelchair around. The song was inspired by singer Bolm’s last visit to New York City before she died.
Bolm released a statement about the track:
“My mother always dreamed of New York City. Whenever I would travel there, she’d demand stories including hyper specific details of the buildings and a new tchotchke of a historic landmark. She had moved from Nebraska to California and was never able to travel east. When she was diagnosed with cancer, I knew I had to make the trip happen. In the spring of 2014, months before she passed, her dream came true. My brother, her and I hit every tourist location imaginable. Aside from the cancer making her weak, she had severe scoliosis which prevented her from being on her feet too long, so we pushed her all over the city in a wheelchair. It got us to the front of every line as if she were royalty to now everyone, not just me. Her eyes lit up in time square, and her mouth never lost a smile on the subway train. “Skyscraper” is a thank you letter to the city that brought her so much joy at a time when joy felt unattainable. Her ashes were buried in her small hometown in Nebraska I’ll likely never see again, but when I’m in New York City I feel her love.”
Watch the Touche Amore “Skyscraper” video below.
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