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Exclusive Premiere: Watch Aerialists’ New Video for “Group Manoeuvre II”

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Toronto-based folk band Aerialists are back with a new video for “Group Manoeuvre II”, which you can watch exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.

About the video, the band said:

The news cycle right now is consistently intense, and we consume a huge abundance of content, news, and information through social media, the internet. All of this is bound up with advertising in ways that can feel inescapable. The world is changing so quickly, in ways that are positive, and in ways that are enormously alarming, and the sheer deluge of information can create this feeling of disconnect. Returning to the ocean connects us to something bigger.

In our lives, there’s a constant interplay in moving between rural / urban spaces, and traditional / contemporary music. When music is deeply rooted in places that we don’t inhabit all of the time, we need to carve out new spaces for it to exist. That’s one way that we find connection to each other, and to something that outlasts us.

The video was created by Victoria director Ali Calladine, and observes two characters embodying that duality. Shot between Vancouver and Victoria, much of it at dawn, the film follows people navigating urban and wilder spaces without judging one path over another.

Each golden day is a shifting skyline
only constant change, and a view that’s not mine
what is not for sale is my soul protection
phosphorescent stars on an ink black ocean

Nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for “Emerging Artist of the Year,” Aerialists meld their ferociously creative harmonic sensibilities and deep love for folk traditions into a post-rock coloured sound called prog-trad. Featuring Scottish harpist Màiri Chaimbeul (Darol Anger), and Canadian neo-folk innovators Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird) on guitar and Elise Boeur (Jenny Ritter) on fiddle with a stellar rhythm section, the group draws from the wells of Nordic and Gaelic music, adding expansive textures and meticulously sculpted arrangements to create captivating, genre-defying new music.


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