Burbank, California, singer songwriter Wren Wilder looks resplendent in pastels in the music video for her new single, ‘Egyptian Cotton’. Her jackets, hair accessories, opera gloves, backdrops, and bubble gum are all pastel, along with pretty much everything else – baby blues, yellows, pinks, greens, and the creamiest of whites. You could even say that Wilder is pastel personified.
The jaunty song is a retro pop tune, which, like the colours in the video, belies the strength and empowerment of the lyrics. Wren sings of finding her own scene to move in; not the girls at the table who think they’re the cool kids, but her own sort, who actually, are cooler people.
‘Egyptian Cotton’, mixed by Wren herself, builds on the success of ‘First Flight’, her seven-song debut EP, which established her as a storyteller in the classic folk tradition. With jazz-inspired chord structures in her harmonies, Wilder is a crystal-clear communicator, whose record serves as a showcase for her skills as a record-maker, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist.
The video for ‘Egyptian Cotton’ additionally reveals Wilder to be adroit when it comes to whimsy, as well. Directed by Susan O’Brien, the clip makes inventive use of fruit, turning a row of sugar wafers into a mock xylophone struck by marshmallow mallets, cherry bells, a pineapple segmented and strummed like a string instrument and an egg shaker that’s an actual egg. It’ll take you a second or two before you realize you’re not looking at the real thing, such is the cleverness of the clip – additionally, it serves as a visual metaphor for the tastiness – and tartness – of the song, and Wren Wilder herself.
Watch the video for ‘Egyptian Cotton’ below and find out more about the magnificent Wren Wilder and her music from her official website.