It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Sea Wolf, the backwoods, West Coast response to Bright Eyes’ shaky-voiced folk in the 2000s. Alex Brown Church’s dark folk project was a staple to any indie playlist of the era, with tracks like “You’re a Wolf” and “Wicked Blood” infiltrating airwaves—and as a true sign of his indie-rock prowess, he had a song on the best Twilight OST.
Today Church is officially announcing his long-awaited follow-up to his 2014 Song Spells project with the haunting “Fear of Failure,” the first single from his forthcoming Through a Dark Wood. Set for release March 20 via his longtime home of Dangerbird Records, the track sounds familiar among Sea Wolf’s somber discography, though the video it arrives with is a bit more intimate than anything Church has done before.
“This is the first new Sea Wolf music in a while, and the first time people have seen me in a while, so director Jacob Epstein and I liked the idea of the video being me reconnecting with people, and letting the viewer see me in a way we’ve never shown before,” he shares. “You’re in the room with me, you’re behind me, you’re very close to me and with me as though in my most private moments. I’m sort of vulnerable to attack in this video, but this also opens up the possibility of making a connection. I think this kind of vulnerability is reflected in the song and the upcoming album, so we felt it was fitting for the first video.”
Watch the clip below.