Emily Barker has put out a new video for her single “Over My Shoulder“. It is the first single of her new album “Sweet Kind of Blue“, coming out on May 19th. You can watch the video below.
“Over My Shoulder” is a song Emily Barker co-wrote with Boo Hewerdine, after seeing the photograph of the three-year old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi, lying dead on a beach on the Aegean coast.
"[It] brought the reality of the refugee crisis crashing in to our consciousness - if it hadn’t been there already. For many watching from the safety and comfort of their own homes, this young boy, with his little trainers and his red t-shirt, looked like he could be one of our own children."
"It shouldn’t need a photograph of a dead child on a beach for us to empathise with human suffering. I hope this song might serve as a reminder to us to be grateful for the beauty in our lives, and for the things we often take for granted, such as food, water, safety, shelter, family and loved ones. Above all, let us not forget how, from time to time, we have all relied upon those around us for help, support, connection and love to pull us through."
The video for “Over My Shoulder” is shot by Jake Gavin, the writer and director of the film “Hector”, for which Barker also wrote several songs.