Softer than honey, VIDEO: SMOKE SEASON – “Up On Me” (Natalie Neal, director)
Smoke Season are available @ Apple Music.
by Walter Price
Los Angeles’ Smoke Season have been growing their brand of lush indie-pop for a handful of years now. Handing out cool tracks like “Opaque”, “Emilia”, “Good Days”, and last year’s haunting Henley cover “Boys of Summer”.
Catching up, their recent single “Up On Me”, with its Caribbean beat and driven by vocalist Gabby Bianco’s powerfully seductive purrs and growls is a summertime ode to complicated love. Although this track was dropped in February, its vibe and message are thoroughly suited for this season of fleeting moments.
Coming up close and then laying me flat
With your sweet touch
Softer than honey and sharper than text
Saving all my kisses til I don’t
need you like I need a stain on my knee
Come a little closer til we don’t
Holding it back
The video, directed by Natalie Neal (Petite Meller, Ruby the RabbitFoot), is not only a showcase for the hot Cali-endless summer but the you-be-you eclectic culture that LA cherishes as well. Replete with skaters, neighborhood characters, exploration and nods to being free.
If you’re a fan of Sigrid, The Y Axes, No Doubt and/or Chvrches, “Up On Me” will slide nicely into your summer playlists. And if the track grabs you, check out the Tuff Ghost Remix (video).
Gabby Bianco – Jason Rosen
Director: Natalie Neal
Producer: Natalie Neal
Editing: Gabby Bianco, Natalie Neal, Jason Rosen
Director of Photography: Sean Bagley
Unit B Cinematographer: Daria Rountree
Camera Intern: Spencer Frazen
Colorist: Michael Schatz, Sean Bagley
Wardrobe Styling: Kristin Condia
Hair & Make Up: Andrea Samuels
Assistant Hair & Make up: Brittany Doles
Production Assistants: Camila Contreras, Jack Chown
Starring: Lydia Martinez, Marissa Martinez, Christopher Vick, Felicia the Sk8r, Kelly Bentovoja, Bobby Coyote, Daria Rountree, and Blake Fights as The Trash Queen
Cover Photography: Pedro Martinez