– by Camille Banzon, Music Editor –
How long can you hold your breath underwater? Let’s make the challenge even more specific: how long can you lip-sync a song submerged in your bathtub? Fort Atlantic’s Jon Black can do it for 6 minutes, as demonstrated in the haunting single-shot video for their new single, “Bathed in Sunlight.
The video starts off like a scene in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, with Jon Black submerging himself in his bathtub as he starts to sing. According to a press release sent to The Violet Wave, Black shot the video using a GoPro at 120 frames per second and made the video by speeding up the song 400%. When it was slowed down, it made for a long time underwater.
But there’s more to the song that just a dramatic video. Black wrote the lyrics of the song after hearing the story of Alabama’s Anthony Ray Hinton, who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. Hinton was finally released in 2015, and he said to his family “the sun does shine.”
Black juxtaposed his experiences with Hinton, after being dropped by his label and being confined in the hospital. While his situation is far less intense than Hinton’s, he felt that that he was being “bathed in sunlight.”