Lenore popped up on opbmusic’s radar this summer when they released a single called “Sharp Spine” that featured a contribution from Eric Bachmann (Archers of Loaf, Crooked Fingers). But the Portland-based songwriting duo, made up of Rebecca Miller and Joy Pearson, have been kicking around music circles for quite a while. Individually, they’ve worked with The Mynabirds and Portland’s High Water Jazz Band. As a band, they’ve shared stages with a long list of Oregon musical luminaries that includes Laura Gibson, Esme Patterson, Blitzen Trapper, Peter Buck, Chris Funk and Jenny Conlee.
In September, Lenore released their self-titled debut record. The album, which features a beautiful, vocally driven performance, gravitates mostly toward modern folk music. But Miller and Pearson stretch out at times, too, with songs like “Heavy Eyes” that sound like they could be B-sides from “Rumors”-era Fleetwood Mac.
Directed by filmmaker Kelly McCrillis in the Rose City Park neighborhood of Northeast Portland, the video for “Heavy Eyes” is a (slightly creepy) single slow motion shot of a person escaping a home — all the way from a basement laundry room to the street outside. “It took all of about 30 seconds of listening to one of their songs before I thought of the concept for ‘Heavy Eyes,’” McCrillis said. “Having gone through a rough relationship with a lot of dirty laundry out in the open, the darkness and redemption of their music resonated with me.”
Although the production period, from creative conception to the final edit, was relatively short, filming took a little longer than expected. “We ran through it about 40 times before getting it right,” McCrillis admitted.
You can watch the perfect take above.
Lenore play at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon, on Nov. 11 along with Cave Clove.