WL//WH Video Of The Day: URAL MOUNTAINS “Gust (feat. SHARKO)”

Video Of The Day Ural Mountains

Ural Mountains, the Buenos Aires, Argentina-based Dream-Pop / Shoegaze solo project of France-born musician and composer Cyril Degilles, have shared a video for “Gust”, the second single from Ural Mountains’ upcoming new album, “Dead Oceans”, to be released next month via the fellow DIY label No Me Escucho Records, featuring the guest vocals of David Bartholomé, founder and frontman of Belgian Indie-Rock outfit Sharko, one of Cyril’s longtime favourite bands.

Reminiscent, according to an in-depth connoisseur on the subject, with whom one cannot help but agree, of the 90s-tinged enveloping and iridescent Shoegaze ambience of DIIV, “Gust” stirs an intensely emotional outpouring of care, delivered by evocative vocals, dreamily hanging over shifting sways of abrasive pain-filled distorted guitar espanse, obsessive fragile ripples of twinkling sad melodies, and distant dazzling surging echoes, underlie by steady drum beats and throbbing bass lines, to climax into a stirring interplay of Sharko’s soulful atmospheric tones, comforting, sad angsty cries, shadowed by baritone echoes, with feelings of celestial strength.

Thought-provoking visuals, lifted from a documentary about the state of Virginia by Sparklehorse, shuffle intimate, well-dressed horseman imagery with the up-close lights and vibrations of musical equipment to sync with the sentiments of the soundtrack. A horse mask, not the cheap rubbery kind, but a lifelike one with fur helps the viewer connect with sensitive areas of the psyche, whilst an array of suggestive symbols and natural landscapes evoke the wistful disconnection of the slowly placed lyrics at the bottom of the screen.

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