The coastal city of Galveston in Texas may for most people be a holiday destination, but for dream-pop quartet, El Lago, it is home. The band are set to release their debut album, Colors next week, and ahead of that we’re premiering the video to the title track.
The video, a collaboration between frontwoman, Lauren Eddy, and the director, Kristin Massa, is an exploration of Lauren’s Mexican heritage. It is an attempt to re-envision a series of dreams Lauren had in the build up to last year’s American elections. It focuses on a series of subtle images that bring to mind her mixed-heritage; from the obvious flag to the Mimosa tree, a symbol of attempting to reconnect with her identity in the presence of much hostility. It was during filming for the video that violence broke out at white-supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, bringing the all too real face of racism squarely into the band’s mind.
Musically, Colors takes a similar sonic palette to bands like The Cocteau Twins or Slowdive, but somehow the heat of the Texan sun manages to creep in, the soaring synths touched by the light, sounding epic and over-powering, yet anything but the synth-pop cliché of glacial. The thick wall of pummelled drums and effected guitars is cut through by Lauren’s remarkable vocal, a swooping and soaring instrument, she seems to hits high notes with an effortless ease, before the next second lurching off in some unexpected direction. It’s time to nail your colours to the mast, and we definitely want to be on El Lago’s side.
Colors is out November 4th via Miss Champagne Records. Click HERE for more information on El Lago.