On July 11, Canadian the singer-songwriter Dani Robert released her first single “Clouds,” and it’s really something special. An elevated pop song with strong EDM and adult-contemporary influences, the track will likely bring to mind singers like Alessia Cara by way of Regina Spektor. It will also probably strike a chord with anyone who’s ever been involved in a deeply felt relationship between two people that blurred the line between friendship and something more.
“Clouds’” attendant music video, directed by Gord Poon, did a fantastic job illustrating that concept. Filmed in black & white with flashes of color, the clip chronicles the lives of two children who grew up and closer together until the moment came when they reached adulthood and their relationship changed. Although it only runs for less than four minutes, the video tells a complete and quietly devastating story.
This remarkable video also serves as an excellent introduction to Robert. The 25-year-old songstress developed an interest in music at a young age while living in Ontario farm country. By the time she was 7, Robert was a full-fledged songwriter and later turned her passion into a career as a musical therapy. With its starkness and bracing clarity, the “Clouds” video perfectly conveys the two qualities that make the song so affecting. And concurrently, it announces Robert as a compelling new presence within the modern music landscape.