It’s never too early in the season for grey tones and haunting tales. So while we’ve still got a month-ish left of summer and its hopes for warm spirits on sunny days, it’s good to remember all those things — the weather, the emotions — are fleeting. A brief interlude from the colder and more contemplative rest of the calendar, particularly autumn, aka the best time of year.
All that’s to say that the new song and corresponding music video from Philadelphia’s Hemming will totally vibe perfectly in a couple months when everybody’s all binge-watching Stranger Things while downing pumpkin lagers, but it’s possibly more powerful now.
Candice Martello, the project mastermind, collabed on the video with Mike Dean, who also directed Hemming’s video for “I’ll Never Be The Man for You.” Like that clip, “Counting Stones” also involves costumes and location shoots, but ups the ante into more suspenseful cinematic territory. Shot in and around Philly last October, it has a definite Pan’s Labyrinth feel of witchiness and fantasy, while the music is a brooding ballad led by piano, e-bow guitar and powerful instrumental swells. Martello says a lot of the new songs she’s been writing for Hemming’s new EP (due out in September) have this vibe: “darker than some of my previous stuff, if that is possible.” Continue reading →