Frenetic folk visionary Langhorne Slim has finally put his ruminative “Sea of Love” to video — and it was worth the wait. Featuring Jill Andrews of the everybodyfields on sonorous harmonies, the single was originally released in 2015 off of The Spirit Moves (Dualtone). Like the rest of the watershed album, the song is contemplative, simple and familiar-feeling — like kismet or freezing your teeth trying to eat a popsicle before it melts.
The music video authentically achieves the same sensitivity, featuring over 40 hand-cut puppets, an overhead projector and transparency paper, the filmmakers use the contrast between light, black, and white to blur the lines of ocean and sky. The puppets loosely resemble illustrations from a Shel Silverstein story, with two primary characters that live in two different worlds who can never be together, except for when they skinny dip into the sea of love. When they finally unite, a series of hand-drawn animations brilliantly unfurl like something out of Coraline.
Donning smiles and Stetsons, Langhorne Slim and co. are hitting the festival circuit this summer, recently hitting Newport Folk Festival and sharing the Ryman stage at Dylan Fest with Kacey Musgraves, Kurt Vile and more in celebration of Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday.