When “Mortal Man” hit the airwaves a couple of months ago, I found it to be one of the most touching releases The Loopster had dropped in a long time.
Now, he’s surprised us with an unexpected acoustic version and sun-soaked video, and it’s so good that it’s climbed that bit higher on my “songs-that-really-matter” list.
Jeremy Loops teamed up with producer Simone Felice (known for his work with The Lumineers) for this gloriously stripped and emotive acoustic version of the track. With finger-plucked guitar strains and woozy piano lines, they expertly deconstruct the song and bring it right back to where it began.
And just to keep the quality content coming, Jeremy roped in Douglas Paterson to co-direct a tender visual accompaniment. Featuring “Granny Laundry”, an 85-year-old Covid-19 survivor from Kommetjie, the honey-toned visual pairs sweeping imagery of Cape Town with sun-soaked shots of The Loopster reeling out the track, and Granny Laundry herself – in striking juxtaposition of generations and mentalities.
Maya the dog even made a cameo appearance, as did a glorious hand-carved wooden surfboard just to keep the lyrical context consistently present.
“Mortal Man at its essence is a song about acknowledging one’s mortality and, by extension, the endurance of the human spirit,” explains Jeremy – and it couldn’t come at a more apt time in the world.
Get those tissues handy though, because this one’s a tearjerker.