You’ve no doubt heard (or head of at least) the one album Manchester hailing wonder-band WU LYF (World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation) thanks to their fantastic 2011 debut (and most likely final) album Go Tell Fire to the Mountain. Initially seeming to come from nowhere, by November of 2012, WU LYF was no more as they released their last track “T R I U M P H” along with a letter from lead singer Ellery Roberts telling his band mates “WU LYF is dead to me.”
One of the most unique elements of WU LYF's sound is definitely Ellery Roberts’ gravelly vocals, which stand out so much that they are difficult to forget. Thankfully, Ellery formed the band LUH (Lost Under Heaven) with his girlfriend Ebony Hoorn, releasing their first full-length album Spiritual Songs For Lovers To Sing earlier this year. While the musicianship is very different, relying much more on synths, the hoarseness of Roberts’ voice remains highlighted in all its glory.
Today, they’ve released visuals for arguably the stand out track of the album, “Lament.” Directed by Patrick Blades, the video features both Roberts, who is also singing, and Hoorn walking through desolate yet beautifully serene backdrops.
Despite the dark tone of the song, the director insists that it is also hopeful and said “Although Ellery’s “Lament” seems to foretell of an impending doom, the band’s message is more about finding some solace amongst the turmoil and he wanted to reflect this in the visuals which were partly Inspired by Edward Burtynsky’s industrial wasteland photos that are simultaneously bleak and beautiful.”
Watch “Lament” here.