Watch Mount Moriah's Road-Weary 'White Sands' Video

North Carolina trio's 'Miracle Temple' out now on Merge

Kyle McGovern WRITTEN BY
Kyle McGovern

When reviewing Mount Moriah's recently released sophomore album, Miracle Temple, SPIN's Mike Powell noted, "Like good country, Miracle Temple is capable of painting a world where the past comes back in part because people aren't really strong enough to keep it at bay." Fitting then that the North Carolina trio's latest video, for homecoming ballad "White Sands," is preoccupied with nostalgia, acceptance, and geography, according to frontwoman Heather McEntire. 

Co-directed by Jesse Paddock and Soleil Ananda Konkel, the clip was filmed while the Best New Artist alums were on a quick break from touring. Says Paddock: "We really responded to the song, and especially the way it seemed to suggest being in two places at the same time, emotionally. We tried to explore that feeling of coming home after a long trip somewhere and the time it takes to reset, to reacclimate yourself to being home again."

The three-minute video subtly toes the line between a life on tour and one at rest. When McEntire, guitarist Jenks Miller, and bassist Casey Toll aren't catching up or taking a breather outdoors, they're inside an empty house, playing their instruments as if they're still on the road, in front of an audience. Watch it above.

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