Glutenhead’s “Spinal Cord” video is an eerie love ritual

“Spinal Cord” is taken from Glutenhead‘s Palmerston EP.

Glutenhead‘s latest EP Palmerston was no small feat. Last year’s release from the Toronto-based band is their most brushed up to date – an incredible achievement considering it was recorded remotely. Teaming up with producer and engineer Alex Gamble (famous for working with acts like Alvvays and PUP), the band leaded by Benjamin Shapiro conjured a close and intimate experience as a cure for all our pandemic-related isolation.

Now, Glutenhead are putting out a video for what might be their best song yet – “Spinal Cord”. From the very first seconds, the layers of guitars team up with gentle and raw vocals to create a fragile and ethereal atmosphere. As the song evolves, it keeps attracting more and more kinds of instrumentation – by the end, everything from horns and pianos to a drone-y choir orbit around the main melody.

A dreamy meditation about love and happiness, “Spinal Cord” features vocal work that perfectly captures feelings of pure bliss. In all its haziness, it’s hard to distinguish if the world portrayed in the song is an affirmation of a great reality or a dream in hope of a better future. Still Glutenhead‘s “Spinal Cord” is a great love ballad, one reminiscent of songs of medieval troupes, but updated for a reality that desperately needs positivity and purity.

The newly released video seems to be just about that comparison. With a mystical and fantasy-like atmosphere, somewhere in between radical fairies and Midsommar, it turns the song into an eerie and lovesick anthem lost beyond the measure of time.

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