Directed by Torin Dinh, Arizona-based artistVincent Lioureleased his second official music video of 2021 for his track “Sweeter Than A Slow Dance”, which is also the second song on his four-track EP titled ‘Big Surf’.
Being inspired by an eclectic mix of cinematic films like The Sixth Sense, Edge of Tomorrow, Groundhog Day, and Memento, Vincent Liou decided to shoot the music video in vibrant yet aesthetically pleasing chromatic setting. Hence, production took place throughout different locations in Arizona, including Downtown Phoenix and Tempe Town Lake.
Vincent Liou defines a slow dance as something that feels rather nostalgic and innocent. He compares the feeling to be like watching kids slow dance together at their elementary school dance. The unfortunate irony behind Vincent’s story? He never actually got to slow dance with anyone himself until his high school prom. The music video offers a rather sad narrative to the lonesome and melancholic song, showing life in the shoes of a tired and heartbroken soul.
While “Sweeter Than A Slow Dance” oozes a bit more of a serious tone compared to the other songs on ‘Big Surf’, Vincent Liou purposefully incorporated some comic relief in the second verse, with playful lyrics like “We’ll sip espresso and eat croissants” – intentionally mispronouncing “croissants” to rhyme with “France”.
Vincent also reflects on the nostalgic moments he experiences in the last lines of the chorus, alluding to the innocence that comes with adolescence and juxtaposes it to adulthood. This comparison lends itself to the stark difference of the challenging hardships that we endure as we grow older, with the song symbolically being almost like a plea or wish to return to better times when the sweetest thing was to be able to slow dance with someone.
“If you can’t sleep and you’re walking around late at night or drinking, know that you’re not alone. We’ll get through this together, but we should probably stop drinking so much… or not?”