A guitar unfurls a stoic strumming melody amidst a visual embrace of the fading horizon in the opening imagery of Sébastien Lacombe’s music video for “Gold in Your Soul,” and as this shot fades into another and we embark on a surreal journey with Lacombe that will last a mere four and a half minutes, it begins to feel as though we’re stepping into a dream rather than simply watching a new video from a popular Canadian singer/songwriter. A strutting drumbeat enters the mix as birds soar through the sky and our star imparts a look of deep contemplation into the camera, but as captivating as this first act in the song is, it’s but a taste of the charm that is about to come next.
Sébastien Lacombe doesn’t communicate to us through his music alone in the video for “Gold in Your Soul,” but instead finds a means in which to capitalize on the evocative visuals we find strung together beside the melodies without losing focus on the main narrative being introduced to the audience via the lyrics.
The production quality is quite sterling and essentially what I would expect out of a major label pop release, but none of the artistic expression – nor the aesthetical framework – in this piece is derived from the soundboard or, for that matter, the varnishing on the video itself. Lacombe is presenting us with an organic work of mind, body and soul in this recording, which is a lot more than can be said for some of the biggest hits topping the charts this spring.
Whether it be the rich tonality of the instrumentation or the inspiring images that occupy our screen in the video for this latest release from Sébastien Lacombe, “Gold in Your Soul” is most definitely a singer/songwriter cut that I would highly recommend checking out if you’re a fan of alternative folk/rock at its cleanest and most unfiltered. Lacombe isn’t steering clear of robust poeticisms of a discriminatingly intellectual nature in this single, and for those of us who demand quality out of our indie artists, his is a sound that deserves to be appreciated for the gem it truly is.
by Bethany Page