Jamie Cullum has played a delicate balancing act.
A musician with enormous technical abilities, he's been able to translate this into something adored by an international audience.
The jazz pianist is back, with his new album 'Taller' delving into the more personal side of his work.
Airing new material during an acclaimed set at last year's Montreux Jazz Festival, the record dropped last month and will be followed by some extensive touring.
Album cut 'Drink' is one of Jamie Cullum's more reflective moments, and it's now received a beautifully composed video.
Shot + directed by Charlie Sarsfield - whose credits include Stormzy, Avelino, and Craig David - it references some pivotal film makers, alongside some childhood favourites.
Charlie introduces the clip...
“For 'Drink' I really wanted to take a look at the idea of reflecting back on your journey through life. Sometimes it's the smallest things that we remember from our youth or formative years, even if they aren't the most important that affect us the most.”
“From all of these tiny memories, moments, cartoons or sayings you are formed as an individual. We wanted to try and represent this in a visual form, a scrapbook of small battles that culminates in life.”
“To create this video I was inspired by the films of Adam Curtis, Jonas Mekas, Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, mixed with the cartoons of my youth: He-Man, Jamie and his Magic Torch and old family Super8 footage to create a video that communicated the feeling of life’s experiences playing out in your mind like a surreal slideshow of an unremembered past."
Wonderfully executed, it's a vivid, gripping experience, with Jamie Cullum front and centre.
Tune in now.
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