Today Montreal’s Plants and Animals premiere a video for their new song “Stay”. The song appears on Plants and Animals’ forthcoming album, Waltzed In From the Rumbling, out April 29 via Secret City Records.
In the video, three dancers are following their hearts in two different cities: on the sunny streets of Tel-Aviv and in the snowy woods of Montreal. The video is fresh, fun and human. It expresses some strong internal feelings that everybody has – in an external, visceral way. Plants and Animals wanted to make a video that is dancing the dance, which is dancing to the music.
Director Hanako Hoshimi-Caines says about the video: “We were really curious to see what would come back if we sent the dancers a simple score asking for specific shots but ultimately asking them to pull out their chops, show us their hearts and dance the song. Then we’d edit it together and voila. So it was about seeing three individuals really engage themselves in the making and feeling of movement through the song, in order to get a physical sense of the music.”
Eight years after their debut album Parc Avenue (2008), Montreal based and Polaris-Prize nominated artist Plants and Animals’ newest evolution, Waltzed in from the Rumbling, is set for release April 29 on Secret City Records. Similarly recorded to tape, the new album embodies the raw musicianship characteristic of the group, while injecting symphonic crescendos, lyrical balladry, and metamorphic song developments. This is Plants and Animals’ most soulful and inventive collection of music yet. Eleven soundtracks fit to accompany leaps taken, ships sailed, dark water and pink skies.
Since their most recent LP, The End of That (2012), the members of Plants and Animals have begun families and took the time to slow down. Intentionally removing time constraints from their process, the group sought to reconnect with the honesty and autonomy of music created without pressure. “It was more like an art studio than a recording studio,” says lead vocalist Warren Spicer. “A mess, pieces of songs all over the place. We had this big canvas and were constantly filling in corners here, erasing there, repainting that part, standing back and looking at the whole picture to see what we had.” The time taken to write the album is reflected in climactic progressions within each song. Rather than a single frame, they give you the length of the horizon. Rather than a glimpse—they give you a vision.
The influences of the new LP are far and wide: the broken soul of Van Morrison; the off-kilter geometry of J Dilla; the dark, French funk of Serge Gainsbourg; the fire of John Coltrane’s quartet; Messiaen’s synaesthesia; the quirk of Angelo Badalamenti. The result is pure Plants and Animals, wide open with room to move.
The first single “Stay” exemplifies the large orchestral scope that Plants and Animals have unleashed, while channeling the gritty folk roots that bore Parc Avenue. The track opens with an acoustic folk vocal, reminiscent of past albums. Then, unexpectedly, the song takes an electric turn, exploding in sound, tempo, instrumentation, and depth, asking you to “look inside your heart”. “Stay” is an instant rock classic: epic and unforgettable.
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