Filmed by Poppy Cockburn and edited by Douglas, as he explains: “I had long conceived a visual idea for ‘I Am Free’ and had hoped to team up with a director to bring it to life, however as we all know, the much needed lockdown has put a halt to all usual collaborations. Fortunately my housemate and I have a rooftop where we sometimes go to get some air and exercise; it was here that we filmed the video.
The clip is in part a reference to the music video I shot for my last single ‘The Joy In Sarah’s Eyes’, with its total blue sky and flowing fabric, so in a way ‘I Am Free’ it is a ‘part two’. More than the aesthetics though, it is a continuation of that feeling of freedom and the freedom to express.
As a child I would hula for days on end, in the fields on the farm that we called our garden; now, during this period of isolation, some of the simple pleasures we may have taken for granted are not allowed, so this moment on my roof was a chance to escape from it all, albeit briefly.
I hope people can enjoy the song and for six minutes, slow down a little into the simplicity and water-like motions of the fabric.”
‘Milkteeth’ — produced by founding member of Tunng and one half of LUMP with Laura Marling Mike Lindsay — is out now. Recorded in Margate in just twelve days, ‘Milkteeth’ sees Douglas become confident and comfortable enough with his own identity to reflect on both the joys and pains of youth. In doing so, he has established himself as a serious 21st century singer-songwriter with an enduring lyrical poise and elegant minimalist sound.
Following the announcement that his European headline tour has been rescheduled for this autumn, Douglas has been keeping busy performing live from his home, for La Blogothèque’s Stay Away series, Sea Change’s online festival – who premiered his duet with Manu Delago – and to celebrate the anniversary of his debut album release ‘Whelm’. Full live dates and further information about the tour can be found here: http://douglasdare.com/live