ABOVE: RACHEL WILKINSON AND JAMIE DAVIS (IVY & GOLD).
It’s strange how rarely our mental states match our physical environments. In Ivy & Gold’s new video for “Red Wine,” which we’re premiering below, the British duo places vocalist Rachel Wilkinson in a murky and mundane living room as she croons about intense matters of the heart.
Jamie Davis, the duo’s other half, never appears in the video. “I would much prefer to be making music in the studio,” he says. “I’ve been in a couple of our videos but I don’t think I’ll be nominated for any awards any time soon for my performances.” Luckily, Davis’s music speaks for itself. “Red Wine” oozes with subdued trap percussion, orchestral-like synths, and Wilkinson’s commanding vocals, eventually leading to a shift in cadence during the chorus, helping keep listeners engaged.
“I had been listening to a lot of house, hip-hop, and pop so I wanted a modern sounding beat,” Wilkinson explains. “I put that behind the stutter-y vocal, laid some chords over the top, and it was all pretty much done in a couple of hours.”
When it comes to the inspiration behind the song, Wilkinson continues, saying that it’s “about a relationship with someone, but you feel it’s slightly one-sided and there’s no apparent way out. It’s trying to convey the apathy that you can sometimes feel when it’s not going anywhere, but you don’t know what to do about it other than drown you sorrows—hence, red wine.”
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