Two years on from the release of their Fortaleza EP, Hanging Valleys are set to release a full-length album later this month entitled Behind The Backs Of Houses. The duo of Thom Byles and Michael Phillips have shared the cinematic and sublime title track, explaining that it was inspired by “a little garden behind the backs of terraced houses”. Byles continues: “Having access to this small wilderness has proven to be grounding, restorative and sacred. Each space has its own ecosystem where rhododendrons, snails, cats and foxes compete for territory. Me, I’m just there for the peace & quiet.”
‘Behind The Backs Of Houses’ comes with a gorgeous accompanying video shot by Galo Olivares and directed by Andres Arochi, who had this to say about it:
“I was inspired by the aesthetics of Mexican Classics. The photographs of Graciela Iturbide and the Golden Age cinematography of Gabriel Figueroa. Don Benito and Doña Eva are not trained actors, which is what gives the scenes such a natural feeling, they are simply interacting with places they have known their whole life. We got there with a clear idea of the emotions we wanted to capture, but it was really the town and the Hacienda of Puruagua that told us the story.”
Watch the video below and grab the album when it’s out on February 28th through Pedro Y El Lobo.