Courtesy: Pleasuresonic Records/Megaforce Records
Rock band Semisonic debuted the video for its latest single this week.
The band debuted the video for its single ‘You’re Not Alone‘ Monday. The video’s debut comes less than a month after the band debuted the single by itself, on June 26. The song and its new companion video are the band’s first in almost 20 years. The song is the lead single and title track from the band’s forthcoming EP, which is scheduled for release Sept. 18 through Pleasuresonic Records/Megaforce Records.
The video finds a young man making his way through a variety of settings, such as a back alley, a bridge, and a forest before finally reaching the band of a stream. It is here that the boy writes a message on a piece of paper before placing the message into a bottle, corking the bottle and tossing it into the water. Semisonic front man Dan Wilson finds the bottle during a walk on a beach and opens the message, which states simple, “You’re not alone.”
Wilson talked about the video in a recent interview.
“For the new Semisonic video, ‘You’re Not Alone,’ we began with memories of childhood in the woods,” explained Wilson. “Filmmaker Phil Harder creates a fable of the woods, the city, a distant beach, and a young boy who places a message in a bottle and sends it on a long journey. Inspired partly by Richard Powers’ devastatingly beautiful novel, ‘The Overstory,’ partly by the paintings of Tomas Sanchez (one of which is featured on the sleeve of the single), and partly by the profound isolation we are experiencing during the pandemic, the video reflects the hopeful message of the song.”
The song’s musical arrangement is a mid-tempo, guitar-driven work that takes listeners back to the 90s, and will keep them engaged and entertained throughout its three-minute-plus run time.
Front man Dan Wilson said in another recent interview, that the song’s lyrical content is a social commentary that came to being from his own experiences.
“I wrote ‘You’re Not Alone’ a couple of years ago at a time when a lot of people, including me, were feeling isolated and despairing about the state of the world and the direction our country was going,” said Wilson. “We recorded the song last year and I’m really happy that it’s now coming out. Coincidentally, the song is coming out when both a global pandemic and racial justice protests are compelling us to re-imagine our relationships to each other and the communities we live in. Just as I had hoped when I first wrote it, I hope the song will communicate a sense of connection and comfort, an awareness that we’re not alone.”
Wilson’s fellow Semisonic founding member John Munson added to the discussion, talking about the creation of Semisonic’s new EP.
“I think these songs have a really important and relevant story to tell,” said Munson.
“They embody this spirit of optimism about the possibility we can offer each other in times of hardship and struggle. I’ve always believed that a Semisonic song is one that gives you hope, one that sends you out into the night happy, one that leaves you feeling more connected to whatever it is that makes you human, and that’s something we need now more than ever.”
The EP’s track listing is noted below.
You’re Not Alone Tracklist:
1) You’re Not Alone
2) All It Would Take
3) Basement Tapes
4) Don’t Make Up Your Mind
In the years since Semisonic released its last album All That Chemistry (2001), Monson, Wilson and fellow founding member Jacob Slichter all kept themselves busy even though the band never officially broke up. Slichter went on to become a contributor to the New York Times newspaper and to National Public Radio (NPR). Wilson became a first-call writer and producer. Wilson has worked with American Public Media and has performed with a variety of bands.
The band officially reunited in 2017 to celebrate the anniversaries of its albums Great Divide and Feeling Strangely Fine.
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