Winnipeg, MB-based indie rock quartet Living Hour can trace their origins to friends getting together for basement jam sessions and writing dreamy songs inspired by the wide, cinematic skies of their hometown. And as you’ll hear on “Seagull,” the first single off the band’s full-length debut released earlier this year, the band’s overall sound manages to possess elements of shoegaze, dream pop and chillwave as shimmering and jangling guitar pop, swirling synths, ethereal vocals are paired together to craft a stunningly gorgeous and dramatic sound; in fact, the song reminds me quite a bit of the sort of guitar rock you’d hear while watching 120 Minutes-era MTV — in particular think of Mazzy Star‘s “Fade Into You” and The Cranberries “Linger.” Or in other words, it’s the sort of song that sounds as though it would be the soundtrack of an intense and fervent make out session — or a dramatic and bitter breakup.
Directed and edited by Nicholas Taylor, the recently released music video for “Seagull,” is a gorgeous and cinematically shot video that captures a day in a life of a teenaged girl and her family as they eat dinner, go to soccer practice and the rest of the banal and mundane aspects of life — but just underneath the surface, there’s something off: the mother of the trio seems moodily distracted, as though still recovering from a massive and inconsolable loss while the girls seem to be desperate to try to move on as best as they could.
The band will be embarking on a lengthy North American tour that will include a September 25, 2016 stop at Silent Barn. Check out the tour dates below.
09/03/16 – Fargo,ND – The Aquarium
09/15/16 – Winnipeg,MB – The Burton Cummings Theatre
09/24/16 – New Brunswick, NJ – J House