New Album, Monuments, out on April 16, 2021.
Icelandic modern prog/psych trio THE VINTAGE CARAVAN have unveiled their second single, “Crystallized”, cut from their upcoming album, Monuments, out April 16, 2021, via Napalm Records. Those who have not hopped THE VINTAGE CARAVAN train yet will be convinced with “Crystallized”: the nearly six-minute joyride is injected with blues, prog rock, and even funk-inspired elements, showcasing the band’s palpable, dynamic talent and mastery of varying inspired influences of the past while maintaining a fresh approach.
Talent for crafting swirling, grooving sonic journeys aside, the peculiar “Crystallized” music video truly showcases that these youngbloods are anything but one-note. Displaying their noteworthy knack for slow-build humor, the video depicts the band waking up under very bizarre circumstances, eventually trying to find their way back home. On the flip side, the video provides a bold commentary on technology gone wrong. Watch this one ‘til the end!
THE VINTAGE CARAVAN vocalist/guitarist Óskar on the new single “Crystallized”:
“‘Crystallized’’ is the second single and second track on Monuments. Lyrically, the song is about a man travelling alone in a car through a blizzard in Iceland during a red weather warning. Eventually, he loses his way and leaves the car and walks out into the unknown, and disappears. Unfortunately, these lyrics were inspired by the many people who travelled our dangerous and unpredictable island and did not make it, so this is a warning song of sorts.”
“We don’t take ourselves too seriously when it comes to videos. We take the music very seriously, but we like funny music videos. Our friends from the rock band Volcanova make a special appearance at the end of the video, they are great! We buried ourselves in the black desert sand for a few hours for your pleasure. Enjoy!”
Step into the rabbit hole and watch/listen to the new single “Crystallized” HERE:
[The video was recorded by Nicholas Þór Helgason, who also directed the videos for ‘Crazy Horses’ ‘Babylon’ and ‘On The Run’.]
On 11 diverse tracks, this trio from Reykjavik truly cast a spell on fans of bewitching, guitar-driven classic, and blues-rock influences. The album opener, “Whispers”, clearly showcases the band’s musical progression without sacrificing their tried-and-true, retro-inspired sonic trademark. “Crystallized” convinces with light blues influences, encircling the listener in enchanting guitar lines and quickly rising to the full extent of its power while evoking anecdotes of retro nostalgia. “Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind” takes its listener on a blistering ride through pounding drums, intense guitar solos, and an undeniably catchy chorus, while tracks like “This One’s For You” represent a stunning blueprint in THE VINTAGE CARAVAN’s musical universe with unconventional, surprisingly calm melodies and Óskar’s gripping, tranquil vocal power. In contrast, bold drumming merges with fast-paced riffs, enveloping an impressive galloping vortex and pronouncing tracks like “Dark Times” and “Said And Done” as top-notch rock pieces. The soft plugging, atmospheric sound of album closer “Clarity” symbolizes the crowning culmination of a 60-minute journey through the eternal landscapes of Iceland and the poetic lyricism of the trio.
With their new studio-album Monuments and its captivating, stellar arrangements, these rising stars definitely know how to put their very own stamp on the retro rock wave!
Monuments will be available in the following formats:
1 CD Digipak
2 LP Gatefold Vinyl Black
2 LP Gatefold Vinyl Green/Black Splatter – strictly limited to 100 copies
2 LP Gatefold Vinyl Marbled Yellow/Red – limited to 300 copies
2 LP Gatefold Vinyl Splatter Various Colors + Patch – limited to 200 copies
1 CD Digipak + Shirt Bundle
[2 LP Gatefold Vinyl Marbled Yellow/red] [2LP Gatefold Vinyl Splatter various colors]
THE VINTAGE CARAVAN electric concert stream:
Bridging the time until their official release, THE VINTAGE CARAVAN will perform an exclusive electric concert stream on March 27, 2021. They’ve teamed up with Venue to produce a completely new experience, and are set to perform some well-known favorites, as well as exciting new tracks off the upcoming album!
Catch THE VINTAGE CARAVAN live with OPETH:
14.09.22 – ET – Tallinn / Helitehas
15.09.22 – LV – Riga / Palladium
16.09.22 – PL – Warsaw / Progresja
17.09.22 – PL – Wroclaw / A2
19.09.22 – CZ – Prague / Forum Karlin
20.09.22 – AT – Wien / Arena
21.09.22 – HU – Budapest / Barba Negra
23.09.22 – RO – Bucharest / Arenele Romane
24.09.22 – BG – Sofia / Universiada
26.09.22 – HR – Zagreb / Culture Factory
27.09.22 – IT – Milan / Teatro Degli Acrimboldi
28.09.22 – IT – Rome / Ostia Antica
THE VINTAGE CARAVAN is:
Óskar Logi Ágústsson – lead vocals, electric guitar
Alexander Örn Númason – bass guitar, backing vocals
Stefán Ari Stefánsson – drums, percussion