Simon Patrick Kerr doesn't believe in genre limitations -- or limitations of any kind, for that matter. For years, he's been the frontman of Nashville-based The Wans, a band whose brew of '60s psych rock is both dense and light on its feet. But when he steps away from the band, as he did on his debut record, "Doldrums" (which came out July 20), he embraced a rootsy Americana perspective, finding balance and power this rustic acousticism and a smattering of other folk inclinations. Channeling the intense bucolic introspection of artists like Townes Van Zandt or Elliott Smith, Kerr delivers a heartfelt and personal tour of both intimate and universal sentiment that burrows deep into your muscles and bones.
For the video to title-track "Doldrums," he teamed up with director-editor Jason Lee Denton to create a video that plays around with metaphorical imagery and lyrical evasiveness. The clip finds Kerr trying to escape a seemingly never ending series of water-logged hallways, dilapidated rooms and empty guitar cases. His nimble acoustic picking, ethereal voice and the occasional orchestral flourish all bind together to build a haunting and compelling look into his complicated subconscious. The video is a perfect compliment to the harrowing nature of the song, but ultimately provides a bit of hesitant hope that things might turn out okay after all.