Today Lightning Bug–the project of musicians and friends Audrey Kang, Kevin Copeland, Logan Miley, Dane Hagen and Vincent Puleo– have shared a stunning video for “September Song, pt. ii,” an enchanting new single from their recently announced third album, A Color of the Sky. A song meant to embody the crisp clarity brought on by the transition to Fall, “September Song, pt. ii” feels as much like a vivid portrait of the changing seasons as it does a cathartic psychedelic experience with Kang’s hushed vocals against a rush of pattering drums and finger-plucked guitar. Written, choreographed and directed by Sarah Bolander, the video for “September Song, pt. ii” was filmed on a small island off of the coast of Maine and features emotive performances from both Kang and Bolander.
Of the song, Kang says: “In summer of 2018 I spent about a month camping alone on this cliff on a small island in the Baltic Sea. There where I was in the north off the coast of Stockholm, the sun was setting insanely late, like at 11pm and it took hours longer than normal. So I’d watch it disappear, this glowing orb sink into the sea every night to the point where I felt kind of insane, like I was hallucinating…and I started reliving memories but they felt like they were right before me and then I felt confused, was I reliving memories, or seeing into the future? I kept thinking to myself, each end is a beginning, each end is a beginning. So this surreal experience with time lay dormant in me, and then an entire year later, I was camping in the PNW, also on the shore, and I watched the sun sink into the sea, and suddenly those sunsets from Sweden rippled through me again very vividly. And when I came back to New York, I wrote this song.
A Color of the Sky is an album of many firsts: the band’s first album with their new label home, Fat Possum, the band’s first time recording together as a live band, and the first time Lightning Bug, initially a three-piece, is rounded out by Hagen and Puleo as full-time band members. Recorded in a rundown home-turned makeshift studio in the Catskills, A Color of the Sky finds Lightning Bug sounding more organic, dynamic and lush than ever, while also finding the band’s songwriter Audrey Kang sounding bolder than before.
Pre-order A Color of the Sky, out June 25th on Fat Possum HERE.
Photo Courtesy: Ingmar Chen