There’s nothing like a grey 28º (feels like 19º) post-holiday January morning to make us pine for the lush and lazy refrains that filled the sweltering air of an impossibly distant summer. Although it’s been four months since Youth Lagoon released “July” off their album The Year of Hibernation, the song’s video treatment from Tyler T. Williams (who also directed the video for YL’s “Montana”) breaks through the mid-winter ice and reminds us of the whimsical, dreamy warmth of the song and the summer season. However, capitalizing on the song’s bittersweet sentiments of passing time and lost love (“Five years ago, in my backyard I sang love away/Little did I know that real love had not quite yet found me”), the video’s eerie shots of tears and nosebleeds remind us that beneath the warm façade of summer bliss there lurks the constant threat that one day we’ll climb the stairs to our attic only to find our parents dead on the couch, hemorrhaging from their noses due to the moon’s off-axis orbit. Whew, good thing it’s January.
STREAM: Youth Lagoon – “July”