BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: Ethereal Maisy Kay Video For ‘Heart of the Ocean’
She’s just 18 years old, but Maisy Kay‘s songwriting exhibits a striking complexity. London-born but now calling LA her home, her visceral stunners like “Blood Filled Tears” (which BlackBook premiered in 2015) have caused Vanity Fair to excitedly draw comparisons to Lorde.
But it’s hard to get through even ten seconds of her new single “Heart of the Ocean” without thinking of Kate Bush. With Kay’s haunted, stunningly expressive vocals set against majestic strings and melancholy piano, one is vividly reminded of the former’s 1982 classic The Dreaming.
Lyrically, Kay is also capable of stirring evocations; and as she passionately intones, “If I see into your world / Then can I see all its worth?”, it’s hard not to feel a chill or two.
The song also soundtracks the closing sequence of the Jean-Michel Cousteau documentary Wonders of the Sea, which debuted at Cannes earlier this year. (She performed it at the UN last month, as well.)
“The ocean has always been a deep passion of mine,” she explains, “from helping baby turtles find their way to the sea, to being a little girl desperate to go on holiday just for the chance to swim. When I received the opportunity to write the end credits song for Wonders Of The Sea, I was overjoyed; watching it was such an inspiration that after viewing it for the first time, I went home and wrote this song in 20 minutes.”
BlackBook is privileged to premiere the exquisitely filmed video for “Heart of the Ocean,” which shows Kay seeking solace and wisdom in the waves crashing in front of her – and is surely tinged with metaphor.
She recalls, “The video included freezing cold saltwater, sand, and odd glances from the people sitting on the beach. But I have loved every single moment of this project, and cannot wait to show it to everyone.”
Her new EP Disguises will be released November 17.