Video Premiere: Broken Water - Beach

Local Music, KEXP Premiere
Janice Headley
photo courtesy of the artist

It's been three years since we last heard from Olympia, WA-based trio Broken Water. Not only did it take a few years to create their latest album, Wrought, but it took just as long for them to craft this video. KEXP is proud to present the worldwide premiere of the video for "Beach," shot over the span of three years.

The video is appropriately epic for the 12-minute-long track that closes out their new full-length. Written, directed, and produced by Broken Water vocalist/drummer Kanako Pooknyw, the clip starts with a view of the moon, as the music swells ethereally, calling to mind early 4AD Records. As the song builds towards the more fuzzed-out guitar sounds we know from the band, the video shifts into an eerie and impressive aerialist choreography by dance troupe Body of Water. The album was recorded and mixed with none other than Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Soundgarden), who lends his heavy, dark tone, and famed cellist Lori Goldston of Earth (and formerly Nirvana's touring cellist from 1993-94) adds an hypnotic lull, and then tension, to the track.

Broken Water's new album Wrought is out now on Night-People Records. You can hear an exclusive in-studio session from Broken Water airing on Audioasis on KEXP Saturday, May 30th at 8:30 PM PT. The band will be in town on Wednesday, May 27th, opening for Speedy Ortiz at Barboza.

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