Volcano Choir Light Up Some Trees in Mellow ‘Byegone’ Video
Justin Vernon's crew goes arboreal, minimal in 'Repave' clip
If three’s a trend, then 2013 may be the year indie dudes started speaking for the trees. On New Year’s Day, Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick climbed branches in the video for “So Many Details,” from his Anything in Return. Yo La Tengo’s 2013 album Fade has a giant, shaggy marvel from Portland’s Overlook Park on its album cover and was preceded by a time-lapse tree video for “Ohm.” Volcano Choir, the outfit including Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and fellow Wisconsin band Collections of Colonies of Bees, take the to threes themselves in the new video for atmospheric rocker “Byegone,” from upcoming album Repave (due out September 3 via Jagjaguwar). The song, our own Chris Martins wrote, has “uplifting guitars reminiscent of Broken Social Scene, up-front vocals that recall TV on the Radio, and rising choruses that bring Arcade Fire to mind.” Directed by Michinori Saigo, whose previous clips include work for Deerhoof, the “Byegone” video has a tree decked out with saber-shaped lights that flicker in time to the music. It’s elegant in an extremely sparse way. Sadly, not a Lorax in sight.