In 2011, Australian singer/songwriter Emma Louise released her breakthrough single “Jungle” and soon found herself playing a private show for Saint Laurent and opening for Sam Smith in her home country. Now, in anticipation of a yet-to-be-named LP, she’s releasing new tracks, the first of which was remixed by Little Dragon. Here we’re pleased to premiere the video for the second single, “Talk Baby Talk.”
“This song came relatively fast. I wrote it when I was jetlagged one night/morning, when I couldn’t sleep,” she explains. “I couldn’t talk to someone that I cared about, and I kind of had to swallow all of my feelings and keep them inside.”
The video opens with a daunting scene of Louise standing in a room with what appears to be a dead man. He’s first seen perfectly still, sitting on a chair, eyes closed; then lying on a table, eyes eerily wide open; and finally, draped across a chaise lounge. Meanwhile, the 23-year-old stands in the corner of the room, wearing a silver suit, watching from afar. Louise urgently croons, “We used to be such good friends / Now all we do is fight / And all I wanna do is talk all night,” telling the story of a crumbling relationship atop the infectious production of Pascal Gabriel (Goldfrapp, Ladyhawke).
Given the context, perhaps the man isn’t dead, but rather someone unwilling to exert any effort to fix a problem—emotional, or otherwise. The video furthers this notion; Louise describes it as “basically about an imploding relationship that’s about to come to some kind of ultimatum.” But, as Louise continues, “I don’t want to say too much, and let people paint their own reaction to it.”
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