The Portland, Oregon quartet Grand Lake Islands looked to the ubiquitous television phenomenon that is The Wire as inspiration for their latest video, "Diamond Eyes".
Erik Emanuelson spearheads the self-described “collective” called Grand Lake Islands. He dove headfirst into the project after leaving his job as an English teacher, which led to him moving from New York to the green and quirky confines of Portland, Oregon, to pursue music full-time. Existing somewhere between indie folk and indie rock, Grand Lake Islands’ debut LP, Song From Afar fits comfortably both within the music coming out of Portland and Emanuelson’s former New York. The group’s Bandcamp describes its sound as “infused with that pungent New England feel—dried leaves and water tones swirling around the more mechanical beat of the city”. Yet so too does it fit within the chilled-out, folksy vibes that regularly emanate from the Pacific Northwest.
Below you can watch the video for the Song From Afar cut “Diamond Eyes”, a track that finds Emanuelson’s vocals treading close to that most prized of singer/songwriter adjectives: “Dylanesque”.