Los Angeles roots-rock singer-songwriter David Redd is back today with the release of a cinematic video for his recent single Do I Seem Okay? The meditative and melancholy song showcases his emotive command of muscular rock hooks and bruised lyricism, and the video offers a beautifully compelling visual companion piece. The song and new video precede the release of his debut album Somewhere Else on March 26th.
“Do I Seem Okay? is about that all too familiar fear of being judged for tracing your own path, that feeling that your friends might say you fell off the deep end,” explains Redd. “The lyrics start off self-conscious: a description of anxiety, an attempt to control all the small details in order to send the message you need to send — and for me that conjured the suburban dream of a tidy house, a well-set table, all those check-boxes of a functioning adult. But by the end, as we journey through the song, we arrive at honesty, pride, “this is me and I’m cool with it.” Hence the question – “do I seem okay?”
“For the video, I let director Zach Bandler run wild, drawing on his own experience as a ballet dancer (with all the social anxiety that might produce for a young man in the ‘90s) as well as what he saw in my lyrics and performance: someone stuck in a bubble begging themselves to break free. From there we came to the concept of two dancers, one younger, one older — the elder now tidying houses, still proud, still elegant, but still yearning for something more — and decided to play with expectations, blurring the line between generations. At the end of the day what we wanted to portray was ‘Capital-B Beauty’ and to push the audience to accept it in all its forms. So, we took our dancers, put them in a tidy glasshouse, and watched us all do our best to bust out.”
Watch the video for ‘Do I Seem Okay?’ – BELOW: