There’s something about folk music that goes really well with the outdoors, and that’s the superb combo you get in Babes In Canyon’s latest music video for “Western Front.” Both pensive and adventurous at the same time, the clip sees lead singer Nathan Hamer become one with his surroundings as he takes an awesome trip through the countryside as the day starts to turn to night.

“Western Front” acts as something of a big reveal for Babes In Canyon, as it is the first single from the band’s debut record Second Cities. Also featuring Hamer’s fiancé Amanda Ebert and drummer Michelle Nuño, the band artfully combines country folk with modern indie pop and very catchy vocal harmonies that would work in any generation of music.

Discussing their intentions for the accompanying clip, Hamer explains:

“We wanted the video for ‘Western Front’ to match the sense of reckless abandon and loss of control in the song, the feeling of flying against the wind or getting washed away in a riptide.

“We get a thrill from coming up with a creative idea that’s a bit lofty, then finding clever DIY ways to make it happen. We used some of our film gear to create a vehicle-mounted camera rig, strapped it to our car, and shot this video on winding mountain roads early in the morning with no one else around. Heartbreak can feel like crawling back home in the wee hours of the morning after long, self-destructive night. We tried to capture that feeling.”

Once the band had enough songs ready to be worked on, they set up shop at the Hamer family farm to flesh them out, converting the bottom floor into a recording studio where producer Jerry Streeter (Brandi Carlile, Darlingside) joined them. Previously a member of the band Kuinka, Hamer is an experienced songwriting within the folk and modern pop realms, but he had gotten away from writing folk songs, which he views as his roots. This was a major motivating factor in forming Babes In Canyon, providing the framework for this record.

Moody yet hopeful, common themes that run through Second Cities are transition and individuality. They wanted the album to represent that small beacon of hope or light that appears after a very dark cloud has made its presence felt. That story-driven indie-folk is what is really the backbone of this trio and is so much of what makes them a band very much worth your time.

Babes In Canyon ‘Second Cities’ album artwork
Babes In Canyon ‘Second Cities’ album artwork