Video Premiere: Mild Minds – WALLS (feat. Boats)

Australian artist Mild Minds reveals the newest video for his single ‘WALLS’, featuring vocalist Boats, out now via Foreign Family Collective / Counter Records. Melding emotion-tinged ambient electronica with Boats’ warm vocals, ‘WALLS’ is a powerful one-half political, one-half personal track that melds elements of UK Garage and ambient electronica. Mild Minds says on the song, “The meaning behind ‘WALLS’ is somewhat dichotomous, we wanted the track to have a dual meaning depending on the listener, Boats wanted the message to be somewhat political, a nod to the issues happening at the American border, whilst I wanted to reference the more internal and interpersonal walls we build every day.” The official video, featuring a gripping story of two people getting separated from one another, is directed by Colin Read, best known for his skateboarding videos and working with clients such as Radiohead, Converse, and Viceland. 

Colin Read: “It’s always special when you can use music videos to tell a very human story”, he continues. “So I loved the opportunity to create a narrative about migration, displacement, and family separation—which are topics very close to me and my family, and more important to talk about now than ever.” I liked the idea of using digital “walls” to stitch together the little moments into one continuous, scrolling journey. We used the alleyways to keep the story feeling very linear, as if the father and daughter had to always keep moving forward. The visual technique let us show a story without words in a fresh way.”

The relationship between Mild Minds and Boats is one that runs deep as Blake (Boats) explains, “Ben’s been a friend for a long time, I’ve always wanted to collaborate on something with him. Whilst our own music illuminates different lights it felt right to blend them on this one.”

‘WALLS’ is taken from the forthcoming album ‘MOOD’, out Friday, March 13th. Pre-order it here

Feature photo by Andrew Noel and Tegan Butler