On September 10, Chicago post-metal/shoegaze group Starless released their new album Hope Is Leaving You, a set of alternately delicate and thunderous rock that balances a shimmering ethereality with moments of raw intensity. Their music carries echoes of Mogwai and Deftones, carrying a stunning balance of dynamics, and today they’ve shared a new video for album highlight “All the Winter.” Directed by Chris Eichenseer and Starless, the clip juxtaposes clips of the band’s performance with hazy and mysterious imagery. It feels mystical and slightly ominous all at once.
Guitarist and vocalist Jon Slusher says of the track “‘All The Winter’ is a lamentation on the ephemeral nature of our time on the planet. About the price we pay, in the burden of consciousness, at which wisdom and experience come. It came to me during a particularly cold night in the dead of a more recent bitter Chicago winter. I was feeling the passage of time and the enduring struggle in a world that was inhospitably cold. That perseverance and awareness of time passing became the experience that inspired the lyric and the song.”
Watch the clip for “All the Winter” below.
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