White Lung return with a new album called Paradise next month. The follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed Deep Fantasy was produced by Lars Stalfors (HEALTH, Cold War Kids) and spans 10 tracks, including the latest offering “Below”.
A rousing number offset by somber undertones, it sees White Lung examining the value of beauty. “I needed to try to do a ballad about glamorous women,” said the band’s Mish Barber-Way, who once described the song as her “Stevie-Nicks-meets-Celine-Dion ballad.”
“It’s based on a quote by Camille Paglia from an interview she did a few years ago in Toronto,” she added. “‘Beauty fades. Beauty is transient. That is why we value it,’ she said. ‘Feminism’s failure to acknowledge that beauty is a value in itself, that even if a woman manages to achieve it for a particular moment, she has contributed something to the culture.‘ It’s a song about the preservation of glamour and beauty.”
Accompanying the song is a music video directed by Richard Bates Jr. (Excision). It follows White Lung as they perform for a group of Marilyn Monroe lookalikes, one of which is played by Nip/Tuck and Excision actress AnnaLynne McCord. In a statement, Bates Jr. offered context for the clip:
“White Lung plays for an audience of impersonators who come to the realization that they’ve betrayed themselves in the pursuit of fame. ‘Below’ is a love-letter to influential female artists from the past. Our video serves to reinforce the notion that what makes an artist special cannot be manufactured.”