Exclusive: The Lighthouse and the Whaler Premiere New Video for 'Emmanuel'

The music video features stock footage and a lyrical design by the band

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This month, local indie rockers the Lighthouse and the Whaler present their take on the classical Christmas hymn "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." Their version is a hauntingly beautiful, folk-y, piano-led version of the ballad.

The group is premiering the song's black-and-white lyric music video today via Scene.

“When we started the process [of deciding which holiday tune to cover], we bounced around a few different Christmas songs and made some quick demos. 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel' was the one that stuck out to us the most,” says singer-guitarist Michael LoPresti in an email exchange about the tune. “We cut out a few verses and made it shorter. We also changed some of the melodies and added on to the ‘chorus’ sections. I produced it and tracked most of it in my studio, but Mark [Porostosky] and Ryan [Walker] also sent some tracks over too. Once we had everything, we sifted through all the different parts together and finalized what we wanted to keep or leave out. Then, I mixed it and Mark mastered it.”

LoPresti says he wanted the music video to be something simple that focused on the words “because it’s a song that’s meant to be sung collectively.” It features a collection of stock footage that he edited and then completed with a the lyrical design.

Looking forward to 2023, the band will release a new single in the first few months of the year.
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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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