Philadelphia-based rock ensemble Northern Arms have shared their latest video. For “Below the Pines” the band creates a beautifully cinematic short film set to the dark and haunting track. “Eric is an exiled ‘artisan in lost objects,’ beckoned to the woods for a shocking revelation. Elsewhere Northern Arms provides the soundtrack to a celebration turned decadent, acting as the purgatorial band in residence,” explains director David Kain. “Conceptually we started with the goal of conveying the tone of the music visually; building an abstract story that juxtaposed two ideas that climax in opposing ways at a key point in the music.”
The track will be featured on their upcoming self-titled LP available June 17, 2014, on the BITBY Recording Co. With songs produced by Jeff Zeigler (War on Drugs, Kurt Vile), Brian McTear (Dr. Dog, Burning Brides), and Mike Kennedy (Matt Pond PA, BC Camplight, Lefty’s Deceiver) Northern Arms combines a haunting atmosphere that draws comparisons to Black Heart Procession and The Handsome Family with the casual tension of Roxy Music and solo Eno.
From the irresistible noir anthem “What You’ve Got On” to the album’s closing track, the hymn-like “Flesh of Arms”, Northern Arms is a bewitching statement punctuated with grandly poetic lyrics. Employing a lush three piece horn-section, epic arrangements, evocative melodies and astounding poignancy, each song stands independently as a portrait of a time in a man’s life as the album depicts a restless narrative of loss, dissipation, remorse and redemption.
Their powerful stage show has seen them appear with acclaimed artists such as Man Man, Murder By Death, The Bailey Hounds and more. The self-titled Northern Arms LP will be available everywhere June 17th with the first single, “What You’ve Got On” available digitally now in anticipation of the wider release.
07/11 Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
01. Warm Springs Georgia
02. Ninety and Nine
03. What You’ve Got On
04. Below the Pines
05. Let the Water Come Down
06. Build My Gallows
07. Last Horse
08. Flesh of Arms
Photo by Max Gaines