There is nothing in the world quite as mysterious as a relationship. From the start until the end, however it may conclude, we have all been there. There are easily a million songs that have been written over time about relationships and love. Some are positive tunes that end happily ever after, and then there are the ones that are straight up depressing with no light in the future for a resolution. We all know these songs, and honestly almost all of them were written because of love and heartache.
Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo may have written one of the sadder love songs I have heard in my time in regards to the departure of love. The chamber-folk song, “Fields Of June”, is just depressing as hell. Considered a murder ballet duet by Barker, it actually was written back in 2007. The song became even more poignant once the song was re-recorded and the male vocal duties were taken over by a good friend of Barker’s, Frank Turner. The original duet is nothing compared to the re-released single on Xtra Mile Recordings. Barker and Turner are perfect in trading verses, no matter how run down they may be.
To make things even more melancholy, the two made a music video, or should I say filmed a silent movie, to accompany said track. The result is a clip I have watched over and over now. It hits the heart hard and can cause a laugh or two as well. Turner has proved quite the performer in the video.
Barker and Turner make for one hell of a duet act on “Fields Of June”, and it would only make perfect sense that collaborate again in the future.
The song is available for download on iTunes as well as was released on a white 7″ in the UK with another Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo track “Nostalgia” that came from their album Despite The Snow. The second track may not have been infectious to me as the first, but was really an amazing listen.
After hearing both songs, I must say I am really interested in hearing more of this chamber-folk that Barker and company creates.
Check out the video below for “Fields Of June” featuring Frank Turner: