The up and comer unravels a story of heartbreak but leaves the final moments open for interpretation
Sometimes, the answers are right before our eyes. But we fail to see them, either due to our own complicated inhibitions or a frivolous desire for greener pastures. We are unable to allow ourselves to feel what we need to feel or see what we need to see, tricking our hearts into racing to the next finish line. Singer-songwriter Mike Liegel can certainly relate, as he professes is helpless love for "a girl who is afraid of settling down and is always searching for something better: when, in reality, the perfect guy is right in front of her the whole time," he says about his debut single, "Stick Around," the title cut to his upcoming EP (out May 12). In the accompanying visual, premiering today, Liegel juxtaposes the past and the future in dull black 'n white and vibrant, cool colors, respectively. The melody gleams with optimism, even if his weighty vocal betrays him.
On filming the clip, he says, "The process behind creating this music video was a lot of fun, but quite a learning experience since this was my first time being in front of a camera and involved in a music video. I started off by brainstorming with my management team to come up with ideas and concepts that would really bring my lyrics to life. I decided on the concept of a couple getting into an argument which leads to the girlfriend packing up and walking out on her boyfriend."
He then explains the video's storyline, saying, "The boyfriend, despite being distraught, chases after her through the city and tries to catch her before she gets on the subway. He eventually catches up to her right before she enters the subway, but that's where the video ends. I decided to leave it open-ended and up to the viewer to decide if they get back together or not. Once I finalized the concept, I reached out to a local director Ryan Cantwell, who grew up in the same town as me, Oak Ridge, New Jersey, to see if he was interested in the project. He gladly accepted. He did a great job capturing a performance I did at The Studio at Webster Hall so I thought he'd be perfect to take the ideas I had for the video and make them a reality. We started shooting at my brother's Jersey City apartment, then shot at a couple different locations in NYC and finished up with a few spots locally in North Jersey where I grew up. I'm really excited to release my first single with a great video to go along with it."
Liegel's new EP also contains such tracks as "Forevermore," "Lovely," "Left with Gold," "Hold On" and "Be There" and is produced by Andrew Seltzer.
Watch the visual below:
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It's time to study.
Now that you've flooded Instagram with photos of black squares, it's time to hunker down for some real activism.
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