September 11, 2015

Premiere: White Laces' Lysergic Video For "Keith Sweat"

Richmond future-pop leading lights White Laces later this fall will begin an extended hiatus from playing live in order to finish writing its next LP. But the cube-gleaming quartet is leaving fans with certain tokens of its spacey affection, including seven shows in the next month, a planned free mini album titled No Floor, and the brand-spanking-new video above for its cracking tune "Keith Sweat." The video presents a study in iterations, almost respirations, as it seems to breathe as motion cycles among its oily layers. The clip was created by friend of the band and first-time auteur Wolfgang Daniel, whose abstract and sensual imagery here represents a bit of a departure from his earlier work, but makes for an engaging accompaniment to White Laces' uptempo rocker. The cascading "Keith Sweat" was a highlight of White Laces' most recent collection, the 2014 breakthrough LP Trance [review], which earned the band both a berth on the Happenin' Records roster and a coveted slot opening for Philadelphia vibe kings The War On Drugs during a U.S. tour last year.

Like Trance, the forthcoming No Floor is being produced by Philadelphia studio savant Jeff Zeigler (whose hands and ears have touched almost every major release out of that city in recent years, and whose own heavily anticipated solo record remains as yet unreleased). The mixing and mastering for No Floor are not yet complete, but White Laces aims to offer the short stack as a free download to fans during its upcoming break from playing shows; a limited-edition cassette release is also contemplated. As for the Richmond act's hiatus, it remains to be seen exactly how inactive the band will be during the six months ("We've always been really bad at taking breaks," fronter and guitarist Landis Wine told us), but as fans we certainly hope the break is productive -- and as short as practicable. There are seven more chances to see White Laces in the flesh before it hits the proverbial locker room for a spell, including a day show at the highly regarded Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, N.C. today; we've listed all the shows -- including a bunch with the stellar Myrrias -- below. Watch the clip for "Keith Sweat" above, and stream all of Trance via the embed below the show listings.

09.11 -- Bad Grrrl/Negative Fun Hopscotch Day Party --Raleigh, NC
09.24 -- Triple Crossing Brewery -- Richmond, VA
09.29 -- Ortlieb's w/Myrrias -- Philadelphia, PA
09.30 -- Balliceaux w/Myrrias -- Richmond, VA
10.01 -- Slim's w/Myrrias -- Raleigh, NC
10.03 -- The Garage w/Myrrias -- Winston-Salem, NC
10.04 -- The Ante w/Myrrias -- Charlottesville, VA

Selected Prior White Laces Coverage:
Clicky Clicky Music Blog's Top Songs of 2014 (Jay Edition)
Review: White Laces | Trance
White Laces Sign To Happenin, Trance Due Oct. 7
Today's Hotness: White Laces
Today's Hotness: White Laces
Today's Hotness: White Laces
Review: White Laces | Moves
And Then This Happened: White Laces | Muthership | 13 July

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