New Video: The Darkly Surreal Visuals and Shimmering Shoegazer Rock of Dead Leaf Echo’s “Lemonheart”

Now, if you’ve been frequenting this site throughout its six year history, you’ve likely come across a handful of posts about Brooklyn-based music and art collective Dead Leaf Echo. And during that period of time, the band has seen a rapidly growing national and international profile as they’ve made multiple appearances at  SXSWCMJNXNENorthside Festival and the Beautiful Noise Festival and have opened for the likes of The Wedding PresentA Place to Bury Strangers, . . . And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of DeadThe Psychedelic FursChapterhouseUlrich SchnaussWeekendLoreleiThe Ocean BlueThe WarlocksBeach Fossils, and The Telescopes. Adding to a growing profile, the band has had a nubmer of singles top CMJ’s Top 20 Indie charts and have made appearances on KEXP‘s John in the Morning and on Nic Harcourt’KCSN show.

The band’s 2013 4AD Records-inspired full-length debut effort Thought and Language was a concept album that followed its narrator from his conception through birth until he grasps thought and language and it was released to critical praise across the blogosphere for a lush, shimmering dream pop/shoegazer sound. Interestingly, not only was the record mixed by John Fryer, best known for his work with Lush, NIN and Depeche Mode, the record featured artwork by 4AD’s renowned designer, V23’s Vaughan Olive, who has designed covers for the likes of Pixies and Bauhaus among others.

The Brooklyn-based collective followed the release of Thought and Language with the release of the true.deep.sleeper EP, which was produced by Monte Vallier, best known for his work with Weekend and Wax Idols. The collaboration with Vallier will continue with the band’s long-awaited sophomore full-length effort, which they’re still working on but in the meantime they’ll be releasing a cassette tape edition of the “Lemonheart” 7 inch through Wiener Records on November 4, 2016. (Sorry vinyl fans, the original two pressings are completely sold out.) “Lemonheart,” will further cement their burgeoning reputation for crafting lush and shimmering shoegazer-like dream pop in the vein of RIDE, Swervedriver and Slowdive — or in other words, layers upon layers of shimmering guitar chords played through gentle amounts of reverb, a propulsive motorik-like groove paired with ethereal and wistful vocals.

The recently released video for “Lemonheart” employs a surreal and nightmarish logic as it features a beautiful young woman selling lemonade at a child’s lemonade stand, cutting lemons for lemonade, and occasionally sucking on a lemon when she encounters a man dressed as a lemon mascot, who’s devastated upon seeing the carnage inflicted on his fellow lemons. Running away, he encounters a female lemon who captures his attention and they return to get revenge on our lemonade stand girl.