Whale Bones // Backyard
Written by Kayla Albee
Indiana based alternative indie rock band Whale Bones have recently released a music video for their latest single, "Backyard" from their debut full length album, Island Fire, which will be released on March 23, 2018. This video was produced and directed by vocalist Nathan Kane, along with Joe Etemadi.
Short and simple lyrics cross over to the minimalist aspect of the music video, which shows the wide open road, clear blue skies, still, undisturbed nature, and a lone explorer (played by John Tatom.) The stark and heavy vocals of Nathan Kane put the focus on the lyrics, as the only accompaniment is a quiet, quaint guitar as the song begins. While simply aesthetically pleasing, the video makes the song multidimensional without taking away from the music.
The aspect of vulnerability is explores with lyrics such as "I don’t always do what I believe," and is amplified by the still, serene shots of the video.
After the first verse, the scenery changes from bare trees, still water, and empty skies, to trees full of brightly colored autumn leaves, and the explorer (the only person in the video) making their way deep into the woods. This shot is met with a burst of music-- Nathan's vocals are now backed by electric guitars and crashing drums, and are carried on a wave of soaring emotion.
The contrast between the beginning and end, of both the song itself and the music video, add to the message behind the lyrics, and the passionate plea to not be alone.
The change of seasons, both in nature and in life, are exciting and full of surprise. "Backyard" explores the possibilities that each day has to offer, the desire to be home and to not feel cast out, and the humility and humbleness that it takes to admit that a mistake has been made: "I hope you’ll find me / Help me, I’ve been trying to make it back from where I tried to be alone again / I could never be alone again."
Be it a romantic relationship, friendship, relationship with God or a higher power, or simply your relationship with yourself, the lyrics of this song are set up so that they can relate to a myriad of circumstances. The video gives the listener a different angle with which to interpret the song-- what are they looking for? Where are they going? Do they make it home?
Contemplation and time to reflect on your inner self while secluded can be a blessing, but it can also be a curse, depending on the situation.