Kevin Morby - "I Have Been To The Mountain" from Singing Saw out April 15, 2016 on Dead Oceans
Kevin Morby has released the video for “I Have Been To The Mountain,” the first single off his upcoming album Singing Saw. Dedicated to and inspired by the death of Eric Garner, the solemn, acoustic guitar-based tune expresses Morby’s anger towards the thoughtless killings in our society that overwhelm our past and present. Its video is are set in an eerie, lifeless hospital and depicts a man on his deathbed who, for a brief moment, is reborn and finds joy in dancing for no one but himself.
The video is directed by Phillip Lopez, who Morby discovered when he came across “Fred Astaire with a stomach full of Corn Chips and Valium,” a short film Lopez produced featuring Morby’s song “Harlem River” uncredited. Morby loved the video and reached out to Lopez to ask him to credit the song, and when it came time to release “I Have Been To The Mountain,” he knew exactly who he wanted to direct the video. Morby also knew that he wanted to capture the exuberant dancing of Nathan Mitchell, the star of Lopez’s short film.
The “I Have Been To The Mountain” video is inspired by Lopez’s experience in the hospital beside a dying man and his grieving family. He remembers feeling as if in the moment that the man died, he could feel his soul dancing around the room. The video captures the celebration of life in a period of grief through Mitchell’s emotive, jubilant dancing, while still illustrating the genuine pain and confusion felt in moments of loss that Morby attempts to explore. -- Stereogum
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