Earlier in August, we had a listen to Carl Espen’s new single “Holding On”. Although the song touches on a torturous breakup, it departs swiftly and surely from his Eurovision entry. He’s upped the tempo and gone slightly more pop. Drums and keyboards define the ambiance, which is perhaps best described as easy listening rock with a flash of lounge.
Now the Norwegian Meatloaf has us listening again, thanks to the release of his official music video.
The song retains Carl’s signature melancholy. In the video Espen sports black on black, reflecting the seriousness of his message. Some might say he needs to emote a bit more, but this stoicism actually works well with the video. Then again, maybe the lack of expressions is down to his shyness, which he confirmed on camera to us during a recent video interview. Much of the video was shot on a bridge over Oslo central station. The video intersperses movement and the bustle of city life with lone shots of Espen in a seemingly reflective mood.
“Holding On” is a good follow up, but the weak video doesn’t draw me in as much as I’d like.