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    Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:26:38

    Exclusive Video Premiere: With Lions "Leaving Me" - ARTISTdirect.com and the band partner up to debut this lush, pastoral video

    Want to get lost in the soundscapes and stunning visuals of With Lions and their "Leaving Me" video? Then you can! ARTISTdirect.com has partnered with the duo to exclusively premiere the video for the gentle, lilting and comforting "Leaving Me." The music will make you drowsy with lust and the snowy, cloudy, natural and pastoral visuals will put you into a relaxed, at ease state. It's epic, cinematic and beautiful. It's a fluffy clip, but by it is by no means fluff . There's a very big difference between the two.

    Christian Celaya (Benzos) and Woody Ranere (Lake Trout) comprise With Lions. They are in the midst of an ambitious four-EPs-a-year cycle with the release of Touch the Sound. "We try to score life" is what Celaya said about the band's music. That's about as accurate of an assessment we could have come with about With Lions' tunes.

    Director Raffi Asdourian spoke about the video, saying, "When I first sat down with Woody and Christian to discuss their vision for With Lions, I instantly felt a kindred creative spirit when discussing visual concepts and ideas to accompany their sonic soundscapes. For 'Leaving Me,' I decided to take abstract forms of nature and art and meld them into a hypnotic tapestry of shape and color. The ultimate goal was to enhance the already cinematic nature of the song with visuals that allows viewers to lose themselves in the music."

    Woody Ranere also explained where the band wanted to go with this clip, saying, "We've made a career by setting our music to other peoples' visions on TV and in film and we wanted to elevate that to the next level with our original music videos and live performances. We partnered up with our good friend/director, Raffi Asdourian, to help see that to fruition. 'Leaving Me' is just the visual introduction to With Lions, just as 'Touch The Sound' was in the aural realm. With each release, we'll continue to evolve both sonically and visually. Not only is Raffi directing our various videos, but he'll also be assembling the footage to be projected behind us at our live performances."

    Watch it below!

    Did you feel yourself ushered into a lush, cozy trance with the video for "Leaving Me?" All you need is a mug of warm chai and you'll be all good when watching this vid!

    Buy the EP - Touch The Sound at iTunes.

    —Maggie Pannacione

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