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HANGING GARDEN - Presents Second Single And Lyric Video From The Upcoming Album

Finnish melodic and melancholic doomsters Hanging Garden reveal the second single "Kuura" accompanied by a lyric video. The track is from the new album Skeleton Lake, which will hit the stores on 21st May via Lifeforce Records. "Kuura" is an ode to the beautiful and deadly season of northern winter.

The band comments: "The idea for the video was concocted during me and Riikka's month-long trip through northern Finland. At least half of the material on the video was shot by us during that trip. The most prominent location seen in the video is the wilderness of Kaldoaivi, in the very northernmost regions of Lapland. Despite us heavily underestimating the rigour of the route we had chosen, we still were able to muster the energy for sending our camera drone flying... The solitude and desolation together with the beauty of the north is astounding. I hope we can convey some of that feel to you through the song and the video."

When it comes to the musicality of Hanging Garden, words are the only second choice. At least the words that try to describe the songs of this Finnish band and their overall artistic aesthetic. The group's approach to their art is based on emotion. Everything revolves around authenticity, honesty and unreserved openness. All this characterizes Skeleton Lake, whose progression is often implicit and whose direction of effect is sometimes suggestive. There is no right or wrong here.
 
The connection to the seventh album of the Finns presents itself inevitably. Although the playing of Hanging Garden tends to be gloomy and melancholic, from to time, the songs also seem optimistic or even euphoric. Since Riikka Hatakka joined the band as a permanent vocalist on Into That Good Night (2019), the musical picture has partially brightened and, additionally, the sound cosmos of the Finns has broadened noticeably. The resulting impressions seem manifold and even more emotional.
 
But Skeleton Lake is, of course, also a mirror of the circumstances of its creation, as Hanging Garden reveal: "This trying year has seemed like an endless winter, friends and strangers huddled within their abodes, near their hearths, waiting for spring to come. At the same time, the cold north has been colder than in many years, the lightless time of Kaamos relentlessly gnawing at our spirits. As spring begins to show, little by little, the winter sun reflecting its pale intensity through the vast fields of snow, Hanging Garden's seventh album begins to emerge. Being forged in the searing cold and bleak isolation, Skeleton Lake is at times sombre and hopeless, a crushing pressure in the freezing depths, and at times fervorous, basking in the splendour of a late winter's sun. In the darkness, we are cold and afraid. Still, not all is lost."

Skeleton Lake will be out on 21 May on limited vinyl LP (only 200 copies), CD digipak, and digital. The first single and video "Winter's Kiss" is still available for you to check out over HERE, but now give a listen to the beautiful "Kuura". Link

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