San Francisco's shoegazing duo, Chasms, have recently released their latest album, On The Legs Of Love Purified, on Felte, one of the classiest record labels out there. The new album follows 2014's Subtle Bodies and it sounds like the project's heaviest work to date, combining shoegaze with industrial, drone and doom metal into unique ghostly elegies that require the whole of the listener's attention.
One of the album's most accessible tracks, Beyond Flesh, is now connected with an ethereal music video, starring the band's both members, Shannon "Sky" Madden and Jess Labrador together with Cash Askew from Them Are Us Too. The clip was directed by Kristin Cofer, who has previously worked with Chelsea Wolfe, Them Are Us Too, Katie Burden and many more, and edited by Ides Of Gemini's Sera Timms.
Kristin Cofer says about the video, "For the Chasms video, I wanted to shoot in a location that was very special to me, which was a northern California beach I've been visiting since I was a child. Fortunately, on the day we filmed, the area was vacant of people, and so we had the beach and redwood forest to ourselves. Cash Askew was the perfect muse for the song, and I feel like the music, location, and atmosphere all came together in perfect unison."
Sera Timms adds, "Chasms' music conveys a sense of ethereal longing. Like poetry, it seems to want to immerse the listener into a more vibrant experience of living.
The natural landscapes of the sea and the forest are places where one can actually feel immersed in a place with a richness that cannot fully be taken in, so there is an ecstasy of experience in the vast natural landscape which comes with an inherent desire to have more, to be more, to reach the unknown source of ecstatic sensory perception.
The editing was a weaving of Kristin's beautiful dreamlike imagery, narrated by the form of Cash Askew's graceful pining dance, all held in place the monoliths of Jess and Sky. Together this creates a visual landscape of stoic desire beheld by the song."
Cash Askew tragically lost her life three weeks ago at the warehouse party fire in Oakland that killed at least 36 people. She was only 22 years old.
You can catch Chasms live on their upcoming show in Los Angeles on January 12th with Deafheaven, HEALTH & Wife.