Our third exclusive of the week is the brand new video for ‘Hey Susanne’ by New York-based singer-songwriter Brad Cole
This week’s third exclusive comes in video form, as New York singer-songwriter Brad Cole gives Songwriting readers the first look at his video for Hey Susanne. The track’s taken from Cole’s fourth album Lay It Down, which came out a couple of weeks ago.
New York is a relatively new chapter in Brad Cole’s story: he was previously based in Chicago, where he fronted several bands, founded the acoustic soul collective Check With Lucy and was an active member of the songwriting forum at the city’s Old Town School Of Folk Music. Lay It Down, meanwhile, was recorded in East Nashville with producer Joe McMahon and a cast of accomplished session musicians. The album’s already been picking up favourable reviews from jazz, folk and rock/pop writers alike.
Of Hey Susanne, he tells us: “The song is a poke at the iconic femme fatale who plays the altruistic hero but is ultimately driven by their own gain. It’s a slap at people who believe their own bullshit. While Hey Susanne was born of a true story, I’ve seen this type of character (both female and male) a few times over the years, thus for the video we used a number of different characters.”
Director Erin Fisher adds: “We wanted to create a striking visual for the video and working with found footage had that immediate impact. These old commercials and short films seem so culturally distant to us now, but bringing together different 1950s and 1960s women to portray one devious character adds more layers than anything we could have filmed.”
“Our femme fatale Susanne is a complicated character,” agrees Cole. “We wanted to capture her essence and her role in the story, all within a cool, timeless vibe.”
Cool and timeless? See what you think…