This spring, Elvis Depressedly released their fouth studio album, New Alhambra, into the world and this is the one that got me. Having an admittedly petty aversion to heavy”indie” labeling and the whole band name pun trend thing, I’ve circled this band a few times but never caught the bait. I was recently encouraged to try again, to check out this latest offering, and I’ll be damned if this isn’t one of the most tastefully executed lo-fi creations I’ve ever heard. Beautifully written and nostalgically executed, New Alhambra is as honest and unassuming as it is loaded with emotion and obvious talent. I have some catching up to do.
Here’s the official video for the first track from New Alhambra, “Thou Shall Not Murder.” Director Micah Van Hove said the following about this video (via YouTube) :
“Mat’s music has always made me think about death, but always through the lens of love. You’d be hard-pressed to make it through a conversation with Mat or one of his albums without hearing a jubilant death wish, but I’ve always understood it as an expression of an overbearing feeling of love; a heart so heavy with love for this world and its people that the idea of death is merely a joke — a joke we tell our friends and lovers to keep them close, to remind them that the present is the most important gift we have.
For me, the words and melodies on New Alhambra are bathing in a sense of reclaimed innocence that compelled me to explore how a child internalizes the notion of death for the first time.”