Nashville based indie-rock trio Coyote Choir have just premiered a lyric video for their current single, “Sing!” The video, which features a trio of cowboy mannequins performing karaoke to the anthemic track, premiered recently on Atwood Magazine. “Glowing with love, faith, and passion, Coyote Choir’s uplifting and catchy debut single “Sing!” sparks a fire deep inside us,” remarked the site. Fans can watch the video here.
Furthermore Atwood called the track, “a valiant attempt to revive the world’s magic; to find our way back to that special place where being wide-eyed isn’t naive, but opportunistic; where every day is full of possibility and excitement; and where music can wash over you, a healing and revitalizing force of nature.”
When asked about the inspiration behind the video, the band had this to say: “We knew we wanted to create lyric videos, but we wanted them to be interesting and to tell a story. We love cinema. So we started chatting with our good friend Dan Martinie who is a phenomenal videographer in town. He came up with the idea of filming mannequins and we were immediately on board. We started dreaming up a story about three mannequin cowboys trying to enjoy the finer things in life. Karaoke is only the beginning of their enjoyment!”
“Sing!” is featured on Coyote Choir’s forthcoming debut full-length, Vol. 1, which will see a release on November 2nd. The album is a spirited mix of indie rock, americana, and folk, blending the spirit of The War on Drugs and Ryan Adams with the nostalgic 80’s sheen of acts like Dire Straits and Traveling Wilburys.
With producer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Causey in tow, Coyote Choir have crafted a sound at once new and familiar. Vol. 1 is a savvy blend of dazzling programming and production, vintage synthesizers, and jangly, Heartbreakers-inspired guitar. A connection over childhood cultural artifacts was a major part of the creative process, with writing sessions often taking long detours into discussions of old movies and 80’s sitcoms. “There was no pressure to do anything—just this joy of connecting over all these things we love,” recalls vocalist Jason Watkins.
“Keep the heart high.” For Coyote Choir, this is less a mission statement than it is a summary of their experience. Brothers Jason and Paul Watkins (vocals and bass respectively) and drummer Mathew Linton bonded over a mutual case of musical burnout. Their collective journey of reclaiming the joy results in their debut, Volume 1. It is a sound both new and familiar—think Brandon Flowers meets Traveling Wilburys—combining smart pop songcraft with gorgeous soundscapes. Songs like “Awakenings,” “Rainbows,” and “Sing!” declare the arrival of a new spirit of creation, and invite the listener to take back their joy from whatever or whoever stole it. In an age of cynicism and self-indulgence, Coyote Choir bellows a message as urgent as it is infectious. We’ve never needed it more.