Released on September 25, ‘Wide Eyed’ is the second single from Grand Nathaniel’s self-released album, ‘At The Lagoon’. We reviewed first single, ‘Nightbird‘, a couple of weeks back.
Retaining the 80s movie soundtrack sound we enjoyed so much in ‘Nightbird’, Grand Nathaniel, the new project from J Burton, seems slightly out of place for someone from Lafayette, Louisiana, but we’re loving it. To say it’s fast paced is an understatement – the rapidfire staccato rhythms pull you in from the get go, and J Burton’s vocals recall those of Mike Rutherford, of Genesis, and Mike & The Mechanics. Actually – if you’d told me it was a previously unreleased Mike & The Mechanics track, I’d be none the wiser. It’s a beautiful song, and we easily find ourselves getting lost in the sound.
On top of all this, it comes with a striking music video, which follows Burton in black and white as he goes about his day – interspersed with a stop motion animation in paint, freeze-frame pics, and neon – an illustration perhaps of what’s going on in his brain. He opens a cupboard door and sees his animated self – after a slight pause he turns away – trying to avoid his deeper thoughts. The clip keeps pace with the lyrics: Burton pours a drink as the words speak the action; later during an animated segment he sings about waves crashing and that is what we see, albeit a painted version.
Like ‘Nightbird’, we’re given pause for thought when listening to ‘Wide Eyed’. It’s usually so easy to avoid our inner thoughts; but nowadays in these times of Covid-19, with so much more time on our hands, and often spent alone, we’re increasingly finding we’re forced to examine what our consciences are telling us.