Premiere: Emma Davis steps back in time for ‘Danger in Me’ video
October 17th 2017
Emma Davis compliments the gentle rumbling drums and beautifully succinct message of ‘Danger in Me’ with grainy, nostalgic visuals.
Exploring a tired disbelief at the inequality still so visible in our society, local singer songwriter Emma Davis has pieced together home movie footage of holidays, birthdays and everyday childhood images to accompany her latest single. The result is a grainy, sepia-soaked film clip that captures the innocent acceptance of childhood, a time before the realisation of growing up in a certain society kicks in:
“I pieced together the video from old archival home movie footage from the 50’s and 60’s. So it’s not my family even though artwork for the song is a young dorky me. It was a lovely excuse to go through so much beautiful footage but it also felt slightly odd prying into these very private family moments. By the end of the clip I wanted it to feel like the children had taken over the camera and were almost directing it themselves.”
Reflecting on the track, Davis found herself unintentionally writing something deeply personal:
“I didn’t set out to write a song about love, or marriage. I was thinking more about labels and the way we use them to try to understand our minds and behaviours a little better. I think I often use songwriting as a way of processing things and as I kept writing, the song morphed into something else. Something I didn’t even realise had been upsetting me so much.”
Timely and poignant, let the warmth of ‘Danger In Me’ wash over you below.