Take a look at the video for “Spirit” from Wintersleep, off the incredible album The Great Detachment. Directed by Michael Leblanc (Belle & Sebastian, Alt-J, Lucius), the “Spirit” video follows a middle-aged small town resident who finds himself eerily isolated from his community, a fitting accompaniment to what Wintersleep’s Paul Murphy describes as a song about surviving in “a world bent on its own disaster.”
“When I write lyrics, I don’t typically have a plan in mind, but looking at it now I think the song lyrically delves into the idea of coming to terms with morality and finitude,” says Murphy. “Trying to make it through in a world bent on its own disaster and trying to be a good person in whatever world that surrounds us. It’s a worry, the chorus ‘are you gonna be alright?’ but I’m an optimistic person so I kind of see it in a positive light.. as a challenge.”
Wintersleep has unveiled their powerful music video for single “Amerika” from their album The Great Detachment (Dine Alone Records). The song delves into the juxtaposition of a society composed of individuals facing intense struggle and oppression, while being part of a nation founded on optimism and hope.
“The song made me think of civilizations that have come and gone in a way. Nations that have fallen from a kind of ‘golden age,'” said director Scott Cudmore. “But to me the video isn’t explicitly political – it’s about people and how we connect with one another, especially if we recognize that our time is finite.”
The song has some serious legs in holding on to the No. 1 spot on the Canadian Rock chart for seven weeks, and topping the Canadian Alternative radio chart for three weeks, all while getting spins on BBC Radio 2 in the UK, and gaining traction in the US.