Indie-pop quartet Bishop Allen has ended a five-year studio break with Lights Out, their fourth full-length, due out Aug. 19 on Dead Oceans. The group released the catchy track "Why I Had To Go" last month, and the song has received a captivating music video, which Billboard.com is happy to premiere:
The Brooklyn group released two prior albums on Dead Oceans (most recently 2009's Grrr…), having songs featured on "Scrubs" and "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" before its members decided to take some time away from the group. "We'd been working on music pretty much non-stop since 2002," singer Justin Rice tells Billboard, "and at some point, we had to stop because various people needed some time to do other things in life. We intended to pause for a year, and that became more than a year, but after some time there was a moment where it just felt like time to redirect our efforts and make another record."
The four members of Bishop Allen also decamped to Kingston, N.Y., getting away from Brooklyn to find inspiration for Lights Out as well as the colorful, hula-hoop-filled video for "Why I Had To Go."
"The song is called 'Why I Had To Go,' and it's sort of about the endless repetition of actions, which hula-hooping seemed to literally embody," says Rice. "But part of the idea was that, if you give someone a task that's pretty all-consuming like hula-hooping, then they become unselfconscious. Because they're concentrating on doing something, you can get really natural expressions and movements."
Prior to the release of "Lights Out" later this month, Bishop Allen will embark on a North American tour that begins on Aug. 16 in their new hometown of Kingston, N.Y. The group is also scheduled to perform at the Pygmalion Festival in Champaign, Ill. on Sept. 27.