The Lumineers frontman Wesley Schultz has said he “learned how to dance” for the video to new single ‘Ophelia’, taken from forthcoming album ‘Cleopatra’.
“For the music video Ophelia, our good friend Issac Ravishankara, who directed the Stubborn Love music video from our first record, brought us a treatment that involved me dancing in the streets while it was raining so I had to learn choreography for the first time in my life,” Schultz said. “I learned how to dance for this music video.”
Schultz has also been talking up new album ‘Cleopatra’, which is due on April 8, and the writing process behind the tracks:
“The record is our greatest hits reflecting what’s happened to us over the last three years. We tried to come up with the best possible version of every song, so we recorded a lot of different iterations, changing the tempos, dressing ’em up, stripping ‘em down,” he said.
“It took a lot of work to make them sound so easy. We’re very passionate about the process. It was a very intense and beautiful experience. There was a lot of battling, a lot of tears, but some amazing stuff came out, and at the end, we were much better off. It transformed our relationship.”
Watch the new video via YouTube, below:
The new track has already gained more than two million Spotify streams.
“We took the same approach this time as we did with the first album, recording demos in a small house we rented in the original Denver neighbourhood where we first moved,” Schultz said.
The new album will be followed by a UK and Ireland tour, featuring the following dates, ahead of shows across mainland Europe and the US:
Academy, Bristol (April 14)
Barrowlands, Glasgow (15)
Olympia Theatre, Dublin (18)
Albert Hall, Manchester (19)
Shephard’s Bush Empire, London (23)