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  • Katie Gregson-MacLeod Drops New Music Video for “complex”

  • Scottish singer-songwriter Katie Gregson-MacLeod dropped a new music video for “complex” directed by Sam Bailey on October 21, 2022.
    Back in August, she released “complex (demo)” along with the music video. Prior to the release of the song, a minute-long chorus of the track quickly became a viral TikTok phenomenon and racked up over 7.2 million views.
    Earlier this month, she released the new version of the song. This time, she crafted the video for the new version.
    The track was written by written by Katie and produced by Greg Kurstin.
    The video is inspired by American singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton’s 2002 debut song “A Thousand Miles” video.
    Katie Gregson-MacLeod said of the video, “The video for ‘complex’ definitely shows a different side to the song and to me. I don’t think the song is entirely earnest, and I wanted the video to reflect that. We were discussing concepts for a wee while but when the idea came up of recreating an iconic music video in a totally different setting, the Vanessa Carlton video was a given. We were definitely keen to see how ridiculous we could get with the Scottish parallels but all the while not having it look like too much of a piss-take or too much like a Visit Scotland ad. After a short couple weeks of planning and the odd ‘I can’t believe we’re actually doing this’, we shot the video in and around Edinburgh. We started off in Holyrood, going around Arthur’s Seat. In fitting form, it was the rainiest and windiest it could have possibly been in the first few hours of the shoot. Nonetheless, strapped into the back of a van and sitting at a grand piano singing my piano ballad, we zoomed around.”
  • She continued, “My favourite part was for sure getting my pals along as extras. We had some of my childhood best friends pull out their acting chops as ‘people on table at pub’ numbers 1-7 and got Hamish Hawk along to perform his supporting role as ‘beer-drinking man engrossed in conversation’. It was my first proper video shoot and although a really crazy day, it was a lot of fun. The team nailed it. I hope Vanessa Carlton enjoys our homage, that’s the main thing. It’s an iconic video and we wanted to honour that.”
    The song will appear on her upcoming EP, which is expected to be released in 2023.


  • Photo by Meg Henderson
  • source : YouTube
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