Friday, November 2, 2012

New video: Our Lost Infantry -- All the Streetlights of My Hometown

Deep Elm Records is responsible for some of the most consistently excellent new music coming through our speakers these days and the Maui-based label has delivered again with the release of a new video for the song "All the Streets of My Hometown" by Aldershot, England's Our Lost Infantry. The band's name evokes thoughts of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, and a turn through the video makes the idea of these dead men being influences seem not farfetched. It was filmed in Norway's Blefell Mountains, and the austere setting and color, coupled with the recurrent image of a tin hat and gas mask, give it a WWI patina. It's a compelling video even with the mute button on.

But don't watch it that way, because there are some terrific things happening in this song you need to hear. The first two minutes build tension with chiming guitars and slow vocals, reminiscent of some of the Scottish bands on the Fat Cat label, but at about 2.30, instead of the crashing wall of sound you might expect, the band shift to a really nice prog-riff, like something Robert Fripp might have done on "Larks Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 23". Oh yeah, and then the wall of sound with the beautiful chorus, followed by a bigger wall of sound pounding out the last 30 seconds. Exhilarating.

If you'd like to hear more, you'll have to wait -- but not long. Our Lost Infantry's debut album, The New Art History, will be released by Deep Elm in the US on 14 November. Start saving now.

Our Lost Infantry band page.

Deep Elm Records.

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