Californian Americana outfit Exhausted Pipes rightfully serve as an ample soundtrack for the summer months to come. The Stockton trio contrasts smooth roots melodies with projected alternative vocal grit, emanating relevant sentiments somewhere between freedom and lovelorn anxiety. Indeed, the music video for their current single, “Stay Away,” (off their forthcoming LP, New Dust) strongly reiterates that range of emotions.
Placed in a forest setting intensified by glaring sun rays, the band engages in what seems like a standard performance video. However, a driving element, no matter how subtly implemented, adds an interesting level of thematic clout. Essentially, said element is the shift to electric instruments during the song’s progression. While its directorial purpose is clearly conveyed, it also aptly characterizes an idle mind gone overactive—uncertain whether to dwell on momentary heartache, or find closure and push forward.
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