Bayside blues/folk singer-songwriter Simon Imrei returns with The Winter, a new single and music video ahead of the release of his forthcoming album, The Sum of Scenes.
Produced by the creative team at Abbotsford’s renowned Aviary Recording Studios and featuring the likes of Ben Franz (The Waifs) and Brooke Russell (Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds), the song is paired with a reflective, introspective music video filmed and directed by alt-country/Americana troubadour – come filmmaker – Lachlan Bryan (Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes).
The Winter is the follow up to Simon’s late 2017 single, Let Go, and showcases his folk/country influence and love of homegrown storytelling contemporaries like Shane Nicholson, Jordie Lane & Dan Parsons. With its laid-back simplicity and acoustic guitar riff, the track could well have been pulled straight out of California in the mid 1970s.
When it came to create a music video, Simon teamed up with longtime friend Lachlan Bryan. Having been a member of The Wildes early in the band’s history, the two found a quiet, isolated location in Simon’s hometown of Mt Eliza for the shoot. The result is a story about healing and about taking time away from life to get through whatever you need to get through. It’s about understanding that things will turn around eventually, but until then both literally and emotionally “bunkering down for the Winter”.
“We went for simplicity with this video,” Lachlan says. “That felt true to the song. I liked the idea of a guy, on his own, putting his life together – moving on. I also felt it was important to show Simon playing and singing a lot because, whilst he’s a new artist to many, I’ve known Simon a long time and I know that he’s never more at home than when he’s “in” the song. The sincerity of Simon’s performance is never in question – and I think that comes across on the screen.”
The Winter is available now via iTunes/Spotify/Google Play. Check out the Official Music Video below in the VIDEOS section of this website or via Facebook.