Track of the Day: Crystal Cities – “I Hear a Cold Wind Calling”
If you are a fan of Interpol, Editors and the guitar driven sound of early 2000’s you will enjoy Crystal Cities‘ single “I Hear a Cold Wind Calling”. The Sydney-based Dream Rock trio released their debut album, Under the Cold Light of the Moon, earlier this year, debuting #14 on the FMQB SubModern Albums Chart in the US. And today we feature their second single, “I Hear a Cold Wind Calling,” that was released along with a video directed by Brad Schmidt.
The short film matches the track’s intensity, expansiveness, and brooding nature as it follows a suited-up protagonist around dense forests, an abandoned factory, and a vast coastline. The man begins to lose himself within the deserted surroundings in a liberating but maniacal manner, undergoing a brutal and existential metamorphosis to free his soul from the fast-paced nature of modern life.
“The character in the music video is sick of trying to control and micro-manage the outcomes of his chaotic world which in reality he has no control over. He is looking for something deep within himself, something more primal, more spiritual; something that is hard to find in capitalist Western culture. He hears ‘a cold wind calling’ and is turning his back on the things he’s built his life around; instead seeking and submitting to the answers he finds in the natural world so he can find a true sense of self and purpose.” shares Jared King (bass/backing vocals)
Strings for the album were recorded at the prestigious Abbey Road Studios in London and world-renowned LA-based engineer Paul Lani (David Bowie, Prince, Megadeath) was enlisted to mix the record. Together Paul and the band sculpted a captivating reverb-drenched yet hard-hitting debut record that is impactful from the very first listen.
Watch the vide below, and make sure to add Crystal Cities’ music to your personal Spotify playlists.