It hasn’t been all too long since Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band released their first video for a track off this year’s excellent self-titled debut LP, out now on Dead Oceans. In “Albatross, Albatross, Albatross” the band alters tempo and volume for a song both erratic and astounding. Signature to Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band is the wild guitars highly infectious riffs and a vocal styling that is par none. The video takes the viewer through a similar mind-altering experience; it’s the makings of a short horror story.
The plot follows a young couple who row out to an island, where a mysterious boy watches. The themes are clear: the silver locket around her neck, the quest for survival, the epic Albatross bird, mystery. It’s rare you find a video with so much depth, rare that you find one you simply must watch over and over in an attempt to glean meaning from the images and words that pour forth from the screen. “Albatross, Albatross, Albatross” is such a music video.
“Albatross, Albatross, Albatross” was directed by Matt Daniels of Thinklab. His prior work includes “Lolita” by Throw Me The Statue and “Caskets” by Damien Jurado.