Atlanta-based indie rock band, Lesibu Grand, is back with a beautiful visual for its closer track taken off their debut EP, The Legend of Miranda.
Formed by a chance encounter between Tyler-Simone Molton and John Renaud, Lesibu Grand is a spirited cut of sounds that explore independence and wonders, thanks to heavy synths that just make life better. Finalizing the ensemble with Brian Turner on guitar, Lee Wiggins on drums, and Chris Case on keyboards, the band takes conventional pop hooks to ethereal heights.
On “Mi Sueño” (my dream) though, we are introduced to a more centered and abstract pallet. Composed out of a loose jam session, as stated, the depth and intimate words grew into a larger concept. Molton’s fluid and soft vocals move with the guitar chords plucked from a darker shade of thought. The distorted opening of cymbals give the dream notion a realistic touch as the 4-minute tracks grows. Through the repetitive lines, alluding to a dream within a dream, a luscious saxophone smoothly enters and immediately adds dimension to Molton’s words. The track is filled with change-ups and art-rock threads that are very easy on the ear but don’t speak as loudly as the visual.
Directed by W. Addison Wood, the video circulates around shared and passed down dreams, further elaborating on a dream within a dream. Molton retraces each element and meaning, returning to her ancestors experience, borrowing old cinematic clips from “Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort, South Carolina, May 1940” and untitled “Fieldwork Footage (circa 1928, 1929)” by Zora Neale Hurston. Ultimately, it’s a beautiful illustration that lingers with a viewer.
“Dreams have long been a central theme in the African-American experience,” shares Molton. “Expressed most famously by Martin Luther King Jr. in his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, dreams of freedom, equality, fairness and salvation are what held African American people together during the most difficult experiences imaginable. The collective dream of oppressed people.
“Of course, we also had the more typical dreams that everyone has — the ones about being with someone we’re attracted to, or becoming a teacher or doctor, or raising children or creating art. The dreams of personal aspirations. And obviously we dream when we’re asleep. The unpredictable — yet potentially very powerful — dreams of the unconscious mind. All three of these dream types are a part of who I am today. Although we are separated by the passage of decades, I feel a connection to the people in our video through these shared dream types. With this video, I ask the viewer to imagine what their dreams — large and small, collective and personal, woke and sleeping — might have been.”