PREMIERE: Bea Releases New Music Video For “Sway”

Bea has played on subway platforms to make rent and she’s opened for Norah Jones, James Taylor, and John Mayer. In other words, she knows what it’s like to swing back and forth between crisis and contentment.

In “Sway,” her track and accompanying music video from her most recent LP, ​Old Habits, she recounts the painful rollercoaster experience of watching a relationship disintegrate. The video, filmed in an enchanting country home and featuring Bea in dual roles as a contented lover and wistful observer, captures the difficulty of lost love through a melodic folk lens.

The story shows what contentment in daily life looks like for two people in a relationship – but it also shows how good feelings in relationships can disintegrate when the lovers are faced with struggles. To cap it, there’s a plot twist in the final scenes that’s a haunting representation of the transition from a strong relationship to irreconcilable abandonment.

“Sway” is one of the more soothing tracks from “Old Habits”, and it shows her similarity to Fiona Apple in its pop-folk foundation – swooping strings and strummed acoustic guitar build a rich, emotional backdrop to the story, which develops, fittingly, in 6/8 time. The video begins with one of the pair listening to Bea’s track ‘Drift’ on the radio, then, in keeping with the back-and-forth motif, sways to the couple before swaying back again to Bea sitting listening to the track. It’s a cleverly devised cycle that shows the beginning is also the end.

Metaphors aside, though, “Sway” is compelling in its earnestness. “Should my music connect with someone, or should my art form be relevant to others, that’s a huge plus,” says Bea. This video, then, is a huge plus. Bea sing,s ‘I won’t say that I hate you; I never could hate you” encapsulating the anxiety of a relationship in decline and the confusion between love and hate. It has a raw honesty that makes it highly relatable – especially for anyone who’s imagined a better relationship than the reality they’ve experienced.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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  1. Beautifully done. Visually, lyrically….more please from Bea.

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