Seattle’s beloved indie-folk/chamber-pop/just-plain-endearing band Hey Marseilles released its much-anticipated second album, Lines We Trace, in March. Now the band is releasing the official video for one of the new songs, “Heart Beats.” We’re especially excited about this video because it was written and directed by our own staff photographer, Hayley Young.
Hayley shot the gorgeous, heart-breaking video at a breakneck pace over the course of four days in 16 Seattle locations, including at SeaTac airport, on a Link Light Rail train, and in my house! (Watch for a cameo by my courtyard in the closing sequence.) The film crew included Seattle mag Spotlight Award winner Ben Kasulke (read my profile of him here) as director of photography, and producer Mel Eslyn, who also worked on Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister and her forthcoming flick, Touchy Feely (which you can see at SIFF this month!).
The "Heart Beats" video will get its world premiere on MTV Hive on Tuesday (5/14), but you can see it before the rest of the world does at the special viewing party at Moe Bar: Monday (5/13), 6-8 p.m. It’s 21+ and free! The band will be there, as will Hayley. And word has it there will be exciting giveaways.
Meanwhile, read what Hayley has to say about making the video for “Heart Beats”:
This video was my first attempt at cinematic narrative through multiple locations and takes, as opposed to the single-take style I used for earlier projects (such as 2010’s “Rio.” Working with Ben Kasulke, Mel Eslyn, Jeremy Mackie (gaffer) and Sean Donavan (editor) was ridiculously awesome. Their combined experience in filmmaking—and their working styles on set—made the production smooth, efficient and often hilarious. Working with a crew of 15+ from location to location was also a first for me. But the energy everyone brought to this effort was fantastic and I can't thank them enough for kicking so much ass. I really think that energy is what carried this project through from concept to creation. Working with Hey Marseilles on such an ambitious concept, alongside an incredibly experienced crew—all while on the budget of a modest DIY project—was exciting, frightening at times, but wholly awesome. I suspect that’s probably how I will feel again when we show it to the rest of the world next week.