What with their sophomore album Sound & Color hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and the video release of their latest single, it’s a damn good week to be in Alabama Shakes.

The video for “Sound & Color,” the song that gives the album its title, is a cosmic tragedy that finally answers the question of “What if David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ was told through the artistic lens of Afrofuturism?” Telling the story of an astronaut stuck in outer space, “Sound & Color” is both moving and cinematically gorgeous.

As for that No. 1:

The bulk of Sound & Color’s overall unit launch was powered by traditional album sales, as the set sold 91,000 copies — the band’s best sales week ever. The new album also debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart.

The group’s first full-length album, 2012’s Boys & Girls, peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 dated March 9, 2013 — nearly a year after its release. It spawned the No. 1 single “Hold On,” which topped the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart on June 23, 2012 and later scored a Grammy Award nomination for best rock performance. Boys & Girls has sold 744,000.

Congratulations to Brittany Howard and crew.


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