Lean Year Unveil Stunning New Video “Come and See”

October 9, 2017

Ebru Yildiz

Lean Year

Unveil Stunning New Video “Come and See” via NPR

“Come and See” (directed by filmmaker and Lean Year’s own Rick Alverson) was filmed in a Tupelo Tree swamp and inspired by the Russian film, Come and See by Elem Klimov

Debut S/T Album Coming 20 October on Western Vinyl


Lean Year‘s Emilie Rex lures us deep into a tupelo swamp in their breathtaking new video, Come and See,” directed by the band’s own Rick Alverson [director of the cult-drama, The Comedy (2012), Entertainment (2015) and music videos for the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Oneohtrix Point Never, Strand of Oaks].  NPR debuted the video, describing the song as a “hushed waltz” with a “far-away intimacy.”

Lean Year‘s debut, eponymous album, coming out 20 October on Western Vinyl, often employs visual art as touchstones for the album’s narrative content. The songs hint, both formally and lyrically, at the dysfunctions of contemporary dialogue, the missteps, accidents, and deep-seated patterns that are either embraced, discarded, or broken in an attempt to build a common place in the world. Within this seemingly quiet and universal palate, each new track is a small, knowing departure from the last, a gradation in identity and form.

Equally informed by the minimalist folk music of Elizabeth Cotton, Karen Dalton, and Fred Neil; the tenuous, ambient, and orchestral works of Harold Budd, Brian Eno, and John Cale; the quietly pointed but tender songs of Nina Simone and Bessie Smith; and the baroque pop subversions of Love and The Left Banke, the inspirations for Lean Year are as varied as Rex and Alverson’s biographies.

Their childhoods, framed respectively by New Age ideology and antiquated Catholic Catechism; anarchist Montessori and cold, cloistered ice arenas; the chaotic, upheaval of divorce and the strange, obligatory qualities of life-long marriage, provide footing on uneven ground for the record’s dream-like, oblique observations. In the wake of these dynamic histories, the two leaned on music as a kind of secular spirituality.

Rex and Alverson co-wrote the album over the course of a year at their home in Richmond, VA and recorded it in three sessions at the home studio of Chicago musician and engineer Erik Hall (In Tall Buildings, NOMO), who also performs on the record. Alverson and Hall co-produced the album’s ten tracks, drawing on both Hall and Elliot Bergman’s (NOMO) arsenal of instruments.

Lean Year
Lean Year
Western Vinyl
October 20, 2017
Pre-order: Physical 

1 – Come and See
2 – Her Body In The Sky
3 – Earner
4 – Holy Mountain
5 – Watch Me
6 – Sonja Henie
7 – Waterloo Suns
8 – The Louder Voice
9 – Figs
10 – Nines

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