Today at NPR, L.A.-based post-hardcore band Touché Amoré share their poignant and personal video for “Benediction.” The track appears on Touché Amoré’s latest release Stage Four, an album that graced many “Best of 2016” lists.
Directed by Sean Stout of TerroreyesTV, “Benediction” follows lead singer Jeremy Bolm as he visits his mother’s Nebraskan hometown for the first time since her funeral. Bolm’s mother passed away from cancer in 2014, and Bolm traveled to Norfolk in an effort to explore where she grew up and feel more connected to her. Bleak but beautiful, the “Benediction” video documents his wanderings through empty playgrounds, deserted roads, and abandoned homes, ultimately ending at his mother’s grave.
Made with producer Brad Wood, Stage Four centers on Bolm’s mother death and the processing of his grief. Throughout the album—the band’s fourth full-length—Bolm joins guitarists Nick Steinhardt and Clayton Stevens, bassist Tyler Kirby, and drummer Elliot Babin in creating Touché Amoré’s most urgent yet nuanced work yet: a haunting and melancholy, but ultimately uplifting listen.
In addition, Apple Music ranked the Stage Four single “Palm Dreams” among the Best Rock Tracks and Best Hard Rock Songs of 2016.