Video of the Moment #2235: Wilder Adkins

By on Monday, 5th December 2016 at 6:00 pm

There’s something extraordinarily special when a video can perfectly encapsulate both a song’s contents and its creator’s aesthetic. When it comes to this new video for ‘When I’m Married’ from Birmingham, Alabama-based singer/songwriter Wilder Adkins, designer Ross Boone came up with is just about the most heart-wrenching thing you could feast your eyes upon.

Forget for a moment that Adkins’ earthly folk demeanour doesn’t just about fill your heart with the rawest emotions when the video first starts, an aged paper appears with handwritten opening titles. From here, the entire video is based around Boone’s artistic hand, including mistakes that are erased and redrawn, which could either simply be a part of the process or a more purposeful inclusion to show the ease at which mistakes are made in life. Maybe that’s just a writer’s opinion, though.

As the drawings progress showing the life and love of two mice, taking us through both the good and bad, you can’t help but become completely emotionally enamoured. The reason this is worthy of note is the fact it’s the perfect compliment to Adkins’ bare bones styling: he doesn’t leave any misconceptions or falsehoods, it’s all heart on sleeve, true troubadour work. Looking closer at the lyrics, particularly “I am yours and you are mine / and there’s a love that grows between us / like a gently creeping vine”, you can see where Boone has really taken the lyrics to a literal meaning, which is testament to both his work and Adkins’.

With the drawings forming a vine that is seemingly never ending as this story plays out, it’s not until the image pans out to reveal what is assumedly the artwork, featuring two people embraced. It’s the perfect introduction to this aspiring artist who released his new ‘Hope & Sorrow’ album earlier this year.


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One Response

6:23 am
6th December 2016

Thanks for the great write up! It was a fun video to make. And yep, I knew the mistakes were recorded, and now that you say it, I do think of it as a kind of a subconscious testament to how the imperfect can contribute to something feeling very perfect and pure in the end, like love and loss. Thanks for pulling that out from behind my thoughts!

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