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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

S.F.'s Symbols of the West Paddle Back to Nature in "Clarion"

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Row, row, row your boat...
  • Row, row, row your boat...

Symbols of the West came to San Francisco from Montana, so the pull of the rural and natural versus the urban and synthetic inspires much of their work. In this new clip for "Clarion," which premiered today on American Songwriter, Nat Kendall and Lauren Stark ditch the concrete jungle of S.F., row across the Bay to Angel Island (?), and have themselves a wild hilltop nature party with booming drums, waving flags, and sweeping views. It's a pretty spectacular video. The group's dreamy, synth-driven pop isn't quite as striking, but it makes a fittingly whimsical soundtrack to the childhood fantasy vibe of this very well-made visual. Check it out:

Clarion OFFICIAL Music Video from Symbols of the West on Vimeo.

Here is how the band describes the above:
Clarion was inspired by a piece of graffiti in Clarion alley in San Francisco that said 'constant annihilation until that which is indestructible is revealed..." That struck deep as a reminder that throughout our lives we will be constantly transformed through our relationships, challenges and failures until it strips away all the bullsh*t ego and we shine through, coming to embrace our most true and dignified self. This film captures our wild spiritual side as we leave behind a city of normalcy and return to our tribe of kindred spirits that live in this stripped down, pure, childlike existence with no fears of being our truest expression.
You can hear more Symbols of the West on their website. -- @iPORT
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