Alternative indie singer-songwriter JW Sargent recently released his debut EP, In Retrograde, on November 18, 2016. In Retrograde features four songs and appearances by prominent musicians such as Justin Nace (PVRIS) and Evan Chapman (Lydia). The EP was mastered and co-recorded by Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, The Dangerous Summer) and mixed by Justin Chapman (Dr. Dog). Today, JW is thrilled to partner with ArtistDirect for an exclusive first look of the official music video for JW’s infectious debut single, “Run.” This is what JW had to say about the video:

“I wrote ‘Run’ during a particularly crazy period in my life. There was so much going on and I felt like I was working so hard but not seeing any tangible progress. This made me think back to when times felt more simple and life wasn’t as complicated and chaotic. We tried to represent this idea in the video, directed by Taylor DeYoung, with the juxtaposition of dark confinement and bright, open nature.

The video tries to showcase the journey out of this symbolic prison of sorts to a place of freedom and simplicity in which the pulsing light is a representation of the force or motivation to chase this desire. We came up with the concept for the video and shot around the time Stranger Things was released and wanted to incorporate an element from the show. We thought that their use of lights as a medium between two worlds would be really cool since we were trying to make a similar comparison.” – JW Sargent

JW Sargent is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Philadelphia, PA. Sargent considers this solo project the next frontier in his musical progression, after years of playing in regionally renowned bands (Oh, the Story!). For his debut EP, In Retrograde,JW wrote, recorded, and produced all of the songs, making the project the ultimate test in self-reliance. JW Sargent states, “This is the first project where I wrote completely on my own. There’s something kind of terrifying about putting yourself out there, but it’s also very liberating. This is the music that I want to make. My main goal when I started working on this project was to make honest songs that I wanted to hear. These songs are an attempt to understand and process issues that I’ve dealt with and hardships that I’ve faced.” With influences ranging from Bon Iver to The Japanese House and Copeland, Sargent’s music combines indie and alternative styles. Throughout In Retrograde, Sargent aims to expose the light from darkness, and find resolution at the end of the journey.

Head to ArtistDirect today for an exclusive look at JW Sargent’s debut single “Run” from the In Retrograde EP. Follow JW Sargent online for new music, upcoming shows, and more.

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