Austin’s multilingual folk fusion group, Ley Line, is proud to announce their Visual Album premiere on May 14. The visual album is an accompaniment to Ley Line’s critically acclaimed album We Saw Blue, and is a captivating musical-journey across Brazil guided by the four multilingual women connected by music, poetry, and a reverence for nature. The footage captured during the band’s 2017 tour through Brazil reveals the intimacy and curiosity with which they travel and connect to the people, places and traditions that inspire their music.
Madeleine Froncek elaborates, “The Visual Album gives context to the people, places, and experiences that inspire our music. It also builds a bridge across the cultures and languages represented on the album through subtitles and imagery that guides viewers to a deeper understanding of the meaning of the song. Our music sparks a lot of questions; what language are you singing in? What are you singing about? Where did you learn that instrument? So, we decided to create a piece of art that allows our audience to dive deeper into our music through a visual experience and our upcoming podcasts.”
Kate Robberson adds, “We live in a time where political borders are tearing us apart, traditions are being lost to the forces of globalization, and the health of our planet is at stake. Music and visual storytelling are powerful tools that create positive cultural transformation. Our work as musicians and filmmakers highlights the care with which we explore the world. As four avid travelers, we learn the local language, travel slowly, and develop lasting relationships with the people we meet. In return, we have woven stories, songs, and imagery we’ve collected into a cultural bridge to unite our global audience with the communities we are welcomed into. Our album ‘We Saw Blue’ and accompanying visual album explore our innate connection to the earth, the power of ritual, and the role that cultural art plays in personal and collective transformation.”
Today’s premiere, for which we are pleased, comes in the form of their newest single “Ciranda” that gives us a quick glimpse of what’s to come with the record. Not only from its aesthetic, but also the music.