Americana five-piece the Way Down Wanderers are premiering their new music video for "Illusions," the title track of the band's brand-new album, exclusively for readers of The Boot. Press play above to watch.

Set in an art gallery in the band's hometown of Peoria, Ill., and brought to life with stop-motion animation, the music video for "Illusions" was created in conjunction with artist Dan Ossandon -- whose Headspace series is featured in the clip -- and Staley Krause, the mother of Way Down Wanderers member Collin Krause. "She’s written and directed many of our other videos, but on this one, it was more about she and I working together," the younger Krause tells The Boot, "which was really a great experience."

The stop-motion concept was new for us, and quite a challenge," Collin Krause adds. "The face paint was particularly tedious, but the cast and crew -- all local supporters of the band, and even family -- got me through it."

"Illusions" explores the evolution of relationships over time, and how those changes affect our lives. "These life experiences, good or bad, can impact our outlook, even our mental health," says Krause. Considering this theme, "Illusions" has a melancholy, pensive vibe similar to what's found elsewhere on the Illusions album.

The Way Down Wanderers are comprised of singer and songwriter Krause, who also plays mandolin, violin and electric guitar; vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Austin Krause-Thompson (Krause's brother-in-law); vocalist and upright bassist John Williams; banjo and fiddle player Travis Kowalsky; and drummer and percussionist John Merikoski. The band released Illusions, their sophomore record, in February.

Fans can catch the Way Down Wanderers out on the road throughout the summer, including a series of June shows in their home state. Visit for more.

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