UK singer-songwriter James Spencer releases the visuals for his latest single, ‘Black Dog’, and we’re excited for the opportunity to premiere it! A poignant and uptempo folk-rock track that delves into the depths of depression and bipolar disorder. Known for his storytelling prowess, James Spencer’s music has always been a canvas for tales of life, love, loss, and folk-lore, and “Black Dog” is no different.
The track provides an honest exploration of the mental cycle familiar to many, where one moment can find you on top of the world, only to come crashing down without warning. For James, this cycle is particularly prominent during the lulls between tours and performances, but its sentiment resonates universally. The arrangement of ‘Black Dog’ mirrors this rollercoaster of emotions, with a frenzied blend of acoustic guitar and violin lines, underscored by relentless drum beats. James’s expressive vocals further amplify the urgency of the track, capturing the sensation of someone teetering on the brink of mania.
The accompanying video further adds to this, with the video cutting back and forth between James tied to a chair unable to escape and live gig shots, showcasing the difference in emotions between the two.
James Spencer opens up about the inspiration behind ‘Black Dog’, stating, “To me, ‘Black Dog’ was born out of a really bad time. It’s proof that something constructive can be achieved, and you can move forward, no matter what. Even if your whole world has fallen apart, you can still put one foot in front of the other and chase your dreams.”