After a rollercoaster twenty-five year career as an artist, curator and tastemaker, James Lavelle returns with UNKLE’s fifth studio album: The Road: Part 1, a collection of fifteen new UNKLE tracks inspired by his curation of 2014’s Meltdown Festival at Southbank in London. Looking For The Rain, is a call to arms in our turbulent modern world, written by long-time collaborator Mark Lanegan with string arrangements by Will Malone (Massive Attack, Unfinished Symphony and UNKLE’s Lonely Soul amongst others). This dark brooding track brings many components to light starting out with cleverly orchestrated strings they compliment Lavelle’s deep husky vocals.
As Looking For The Rain builds each layer carefully sets the listener up for an escape from reality. It really is a moving piece of music accompanied by a stunning music video by visual artist Doug Foster. Who explains the concept of creating the video “filming a variety of subjects from nature, such as water, crystals and plants. The footage was composited in several stages to eventually form a moving tunnel of light that features synchronised repetition and bilateral symmetry.” it is a music video that fits beautifully with the arrangement of the music.