After a three-year pause since their last EP, “Roadside,” Portland’s Lizard Skin resurfaces with a new full-length album, Desperations. With a keen turn away from electronic beats and synths, “Desperations” marks an intriguing pivot—balancing the lavish with the lean.
In the haunting visuals, one senses the ethereal origins—a concept birthed in the hazy realm of dreams. The entirety of the music video stands as a testament to the band’s prowess, as they took the reins in its production and edit. As night blankets the Mt. Hood National Forest, the band strikes their chords amongst the towering Fir trees. Dillon Morton, their vocalist, delivers a performance tinged with fervor and abandon, writhing on the woodland floor, seemingly ensnared by nature’s embrace. The cinematography crafts a dizzying, almost feverish tableau in tandem with the song’s deep, cascading cadence.
Watch the video for “Salivation” below:
Hailing from the verdant cradle of Portland, Oregon, Lizard Skin forms a mosaic of eclectic souls: Dillon Morton at its heart, flanked by the enigmatic Mark Arciaga of Puerta Negra, the dynamic Susan Subtract—known for her ventures with High-Functioning Flesh and Physical Wash—and the ever-versatile Just Dave, whose résumé boasts affiliations with Railing, Rotties, Over, and Nuxx Vomica.
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Mark your calendars: Friday, 17 November 2023 promises the unveiling of their album. For enthusiasts of tactile nostalgia, cassettes beckon; digital loyalists are not forgotten, either. And for those fortunate enough to be within Portland’s embrace that evening, The Alleyway will be the epicenter of an electric congregation—featuring the defiant chords of Italy’s anarcho-punk ensemble, A Culture of Killing, the harmonious rebellion of Los Angeles’ Bloom (with kindred spirits from ¿La Pregunta?), and the fresh vibes of Portland’s very own Cut Piece, enriched by former stalwarts of Red Dons and Dials.
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