The Lumineers have released the accompanying videos to the Gloria EP. It’s the first full collection of music taken from their upcoming full length visual album III. Approaching the recording process in an entirely new way, the album will focus on three separate members of the fictional Sparks family. The spotlight is first of all placed upon the mother figure of Gloria, the opening track ‘Donna’ introduces us to an addict struggling to come to terms with motherhood.

Wesley Schultz’s pained vocal contrasts twinkling piano as a woman’s life begins to spiral. On ‘Life In The City’, her habit is placed in startling view as foreboding drum beats sound out like alarm calls. The tone is both melancholic and desperately optimistic, as lyrics of perseverance and togetherness clash against images of Gloria’s downward spiral. The title track is the most traditional sounding song from the band as rustic string and raspy folk vocals come together in this futile plea for improvement.

Speaking of the inspiration behind the destructive character, Schultz explains: “Gloria is an addict. Her character was inspired by a member of my family, and no amount of love or resources could save her. She’s now been homeless for over a year. Loving an addict is like standing among the crashing waves, trying to bend the will of the sea.”