Perched on fybos-fringed rocks, Cape Town Southern Suburbs sprawling behind him beneath a dusky full moon, Jono Simons cuts a strikingly despondent figure, mourning love lost.
Although I can’t figure out if I like the Mother City scenery or the touching relation-shit footage more.
Filmed through a desaturated lens which mirrors the bittersweet core of the track, the video counters grey-green shots of Devil’s Peak’s rocky textures, and winding mountain roads, with sun-soaked coffee dates and kitchen giggles.
Their first official single, “Tall” deals candidly about the consequences of letting things slip away. Regret reigns almighty. Their clarified sound channels indie, folk and pop in equal measure, while Simons’ vocals border on the likes of Ben Howard’s husky tones.
The video is something of a nostalgic daydream of what could have been.
Seamless reversed driving footage (and I mean seamless, the only giveaway was when a clearly intended “fuck” was mouthed as “cuff”) sees him slipping back in time to ruminate over the golden days of the relationship and its consequential demise.
It’s chiming, charming and fresh.
It will also probably hit you in the feels a little, whether you like it or not.