By Charlie Maybee
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D.C.-based pop musician, Emily Henry, is back again with a new music video for “I See The Light,” in which she gets contemplative in an expansive void that is seemingly endless until we get a glimpse of the titular light from above. She gestures toward it as if to grab onto it, but it remains just out of reach.
The video visualizes the natural swelling of Henry’s musical composition as she is gradually joined by a cast of six dancers and the lights begin to flash and change colors. Though they are not able to grasp the light directly with their hands, they bask and bathe themselves in it. The use of dance and choreography brings a sense of embodiment that highlights the song’s more sensual nature.
Primarily driven by densely layered vocal harmonies with supportive, echoing synthesizers, this is a track that leaves plenty of space for the listener to really feel their feelings in the vast amount of vibrating space. The visual metaphor of a void extends itself into the structure of the music to wonderful effect. Even when the electronic drumbeat reveals itself, it is at the beck and call of the musical abyss that Henry has so smartly crafted. It has the allure of a siren’s call – one that is surely worth being spellbound by.
“I See The Light” is available on all major streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube, Bandcamp, Deezer, and TIDAL. The accompanying music video is also available on YouTube.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Winchester, Virginia who currently teaches in the Dance Division of the Shenandoah Conservatory. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression. He also currently fronts local hard rock band, The Aftershakes, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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