Last Friday Irish songwriter Rob De Boer released ‘State of Mind’, his third single since December 2018. The track was noticeably more moody than previous releases like ‘Little Big Brother‘ and Rob says this is down to a session of experimentation with co-producer Ken McCabe. The pair messed around with samples, vintage synths and un-orthodox production methods and the results are not only darker, but at times gut-wrenchingly emotional.
“The song was inspired by the tales of female prisoners of war who managed to flee captivity and were able to share their stories and the horrors of their experiences publicly.”
Émilie Richard-Froozan is an Iranian-American filmmaker from New York whose recent work with Suki Waterhouse and Hurray For The Riff Raff won widespread acclaim. Rob has linked up with the director for ‘State of Mind’.
“After developing the concept together [with Émilie] it was later the long indigo shawl made by designer Lucy Bowen that really became the protagonist, representing the bind that these women were trying to escape from. The video is shot tight, feeling almost claustrophobic at times and only rarely revealing the wider outside world. This again aims to leave the viewer with a real sense of confinement. I act as the narrator, washed up on the shores of some foreign land in an attempt to convey the distance travelled by some of the captives.”
Rob is playing a solo set this Saturday night 10:30pm at All Together Now on the Ha Ha Late Night Acoustic Stage. Check out the new video below.