Swedish solo pop act Summer Heart (David Alexander) really knows how to capture that happy-sad feeling we sometimes expect of Scandinavians. The track’s muted electronic tones, Alexander’s liquorice lyrics – salty and sweet – manage to simultaneously evoke the joy of pure love and the knowledge that all things, even love, even ambition must one day pass in to nothing. Follow feels like the work of Ingmar Bergman distilled in to four minutes of pop.
Alexander says this about the song and video: “I wrote Follow with the intention of exploring the concept of following your dreams, and the possibility of never quite getting there. Kyle, who directed the video, wanted to convey this idea through a relationship between a mother and her young daughter. The daughter, relishing her role as the star of the show, is all naive optimism and youthful exuberance.
Her mother, meanwhile, looks on with pride but also with a kind of melancholy. As her daughter plays to the crowds, she reflects on her own youth and the dreams she never had the chance to follow, and wonders just how many years she has left with her daughter; too few, perhaps, to see her daughter follow her own dreams.”