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Like the 2014-released music video for its track "Channelling," the clip for New York rock duo Elysian Fields' "Alms for Your Love" (streaming below) is not just a compelling visual accompaniment to the song but a beguiling work of art in itself. Starting with the striking image of a shooting heart, the string-girded video shows EF singer Jennifer Charles following a quiet panther through a valley of sharp-tipped trees and finally seeing herself lying on the floor, chest gushing with what appears to be blood. Elusive yet moving, the Kevin Weir-directed video emerges as an allegorical, almost biblical tale of the search for love and its explosiveness once found. While Elysian Fields hasn't perhaps been as known as other two-pieces such as The Kills or The White Stripes since its inception in 1995, the compellingly enigmatic group is slowly unveiling its netherworld beauty and will hopefully continue to do so in the near future. The band is not only readying the release of a new album but also its own music venue called The Owl (in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens) where they will play several shows to celebrate the band's twentieth anniversary. The first of these performances will happen on Thursday 10.29 at The Owl. A full list can be found at Elysian Fields' website. - Zach Weg
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