BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: Stunning New Miles Francis Video for ‘Overthink’
You heard him here first. Kind of.
Miles Francis has actually played musical accomplice to the likes of Sharon Jones, Amber Mark, Angelique Kidjo and Will Butler of Arcade Fire. But earlier this month the talented, New York based multi-instrumentalist released his own debut EP, Swimmers (via Baeble Music) – and we’ve got the premiere of the stunningly shot new video for the single “Overthink.”
A pastiche of existential, slightly surreal imagery, it comes off like a Sofia Coppola film condensed into five thought-provoking minutes. Perhaps the most poignant moment shows Francis emerging from a swimming pool, as if newly baptized in the chlorinated waters. The Eno-esque track is equal parts delicate, graceful and yet somehow disquieting.
“’Overthink’ is a breaking point, a moment of self-reckoning,” he reveals. “When you are too much for yourself, and you need to turn to someone to help you stop, breathe and recalibrate. The song was cathartic for me to write – it helped me process and be at peace with my own faults. In the video, director Charles Billot was really able to capture the private intensity of that moment in life – the imagery moves past like fleeting thoughts, and it shows water’s capacity to both cleanse and engulf.”
The perfect combination of the aural and visual, then, to lead us from winter’s chill into spring’s renewal.