Singer and actress Sam Shelton should provide a glimmer hope for hopelessly troublesome men everywhere with this dreamy confessional about a pretty girl who just can’t move on, even though she knows she should.
“Sometimes it’s easy to get comfortable in a routine, complacent in familiarity, static in a situation, despite it’s ups and downs,” Shelton confided. “I wanted my video for the song to reflect that languid, distracted, downright lazy inability to pull the trigger either way, even though you know what the right thing to do is. The girl can’t seem to break up with her boyfriend, though he’s quite literally a beast.”
This song clearly doesn’t reflect her current amour, who agreed to dress as a gorilla for her in the self-directed video. “Most of the Gorilla scenes are played by my husband,” Shelton said. “I think he is quite believable!”
You might note the splendidly whimsical drumming, which is actually performed by Shelton (though not while in the suit) with producer Ben Lee helping out on the track. “I am decidedly not a drummer!” Shelton exclaimed. “We just banged on the drums when the spirit moved us and that’s what you hear in the recording.”
Shelton got her start in music co-fronting the cabaret band “The Pretty Babies” with Zooey Deschanel, and is currently a voice on the animated series “Bob’s Burgers” (her aforementioned husband is also a writer for the show). She shot and edited everything with her iPhone and laptop, directing her man and Lem Jay Ignacio, who co-wrote the song, as they traded off in the sweaty gorilla suit.
“The song is very dreamy, and I surrendered to that dreaminess while making it. As an actor, it was fun to be able to do several takes and go deep into the heart of the character’s internal monologue,” Shelton recalled, experimenting with the bad relationship dynamic. “She knows in the long run he’s no good for her, but he is also just sweet and thoughtful enough to keep her on the hook.”
Shelton shot the roller skating sequence at the Hollywood Reservoir while pregnant… on roller skates. The LA based singer, songwriter, and actress delivers her new album “Reservoir,” February 19th.