“Outrun The Sun” by La Force

La Force, the project of Montreal artist Ariel Engle, today released video for “outrun the sun,” the last track of her album, XO SKELETON, out now via Secret City Records. The video was directed by her two faithful collaborators – Sara Melvin and Ali Vanderkruyck – in scorching hot locations of the Californian Anthropocene.

“The video for ‘outrun the sun’ explores the pride and arrogance of humanity, which thinks it can fool Mother Nature. Instead of a vital force, the sun is turning into something that makes us fear for our lives,” say the directors.

“Thanks to animation and an infrared drone, the perspective shifts between the runner (La Force) and the stalker (the sun). We shot in arid places like the Sepulveda Dam, an abandoned open-air location. Among the hot concrete and dried weeds, Ariel and our small crew were overheating, sweating, covered in dust. In the Californian Anthropocene, we experienced the issues addressed in the song in real time.”

The “XO Skeleton Performance Series” concerts are meant to be a full 360 experience, combining live music with performance art, sensory installation, immersive sound design, and video projection. The performance series will center experiences and topics often relegated to the background—of music, of popular culture, and of our own psychic landscape—whilst pushing the boundaries of traditional musical performance and creating an augmented, embodied experience for its audiences.

La Force was Born and based in Montreal, her studio debut on Broken Social Scene 2017’s Hug of Thunder. The following year, Engle released La Force, as well as The National’s Aaron Dessner, who recruited Engle to appear on the new Big Red Machine LP alongside Bon Iver, Taylor Swift, Fleet Foxes and Sharon Van Etten. Engle was also invited to contribute to the recent album by Patrick Watson, who used their collaboration as the lead single on 2022’s Better In The Shade.

La Force 2023 Tour Dates:

11/16/23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccan Lounge
11/21/23 – Montreal, QC – Centre PHI (XO Skeleton Performance Series)
11/22/23 – Montreal, QC – Centre PHI (XO Skeleton Performance Series) – SOLD OUT
11/24/23 – Toronto, ON – TD Music Hall (XO Skeleton Performance Series)
11/25/23 – Ottawa, ON – Fourth Stage – NAC (XO Skeleton Performance Series)
12/11/23 – Washington, DC – Union Stage **
12/12/23 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair **
12/13/23 – New York, NY – Webster Hall **

**Supporting Patrick Watson

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