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Video of the moment

Every week we select a music video by a Canadian group or artist who have recently been reviewed by our editorial team. If you'd like to suggest a video for consideration, you can send us a message using this form.

Ian La Rue is a highly-respected veteran of the Winnipeg music scene, having made a mark in such diverse bands as Flesh Auger and The Paperbacks and poetry/performance collective Poortree. He has now formed a new band, Heartbeat City, and their debut full-length, Thunder Amongst Us, is set for release on August 7th.

Heartbeat City also features Louis Leveques Cote (Boats, Naked Sex) on bass and Nick Krueger (Violent Screech) on violin. "Making this album was an intimate and vulnerable process and we put a lot of ourselves into it,” says La Rue in a press release. β€œIt was an exercise in patience and respect for authenticity and sincerity. We're so excited to be able to share it now". Co-producer with La Rue is Michael P. Falk, leader of great indie-rock band Les Jupes (RIP).

The band is previewing the album via a strong new cut, "Lighthouse", and a just-released video clip that caught our attention. No big-budget special effects or psychedelic gimmickry here, but the video will hold your gaze via the fact that it doesn't include any cuts or edits. It instead comprises one long tracking shot featuring the band (in various guises and combination of instruments) playing the song. Simple and cheap but very effective.

Heartbeat City have announced a six-date Western Canada tour, running from Aug. 14-21. Check their website for further dates tba.

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