Island City – Be The Sun
Blurry, poor quality visuals with too much background distractions
Island City’s “Be the Sun” is a good song that showcases obvious talent. Although the music is fantastic, much is left to be desired. It seems as though director Alexander Grey shot the video on the fly, without any thought to the distractions a public place would put on the visuals. Maybe it was a budget shortcoming, but I was expecting more from the video.
I really enjoyed the song– the guitar playing is spot on, the lyrics are heartfelt, and the vocals are really good. The soulfulness of Island City’s voice pulls the listener in right from the beginning. The song is very simple and stripped down, but this only adds to its realness. Perhaps the purpose of the video was to be stripped down like the music, but it was a little too uncut and unfinished. In it we just see a guy and his guitar, standing in front of a brick wall as background noise almost overtakes the music. There are voices in conversation, kids screaming, and all kinds of noise that is too distracting. The acoustics are poor; the echoes in the space are too loud. The quality of the film is meager and a bit blurry. There should have been more going on in the vid or at least better film quality and less noise/reverb overwhelming the actual song.
Island City has given us a great song, with spot on vocals and great guitar playing. Unfortunately the visuals did not match up with the music. There were too many distracting qualities to the vid, and I wish there could have been more thought put into the visuals. Do you agree or disagree? Get more from Island City on Facebook and Twitter.