Mountain Bird reveals video for his 'Hiding Under Water'
6 September 2019
The brand new single is his darkest yet, which is out now via Nettwerk Records
The second installment to the Swedish artist’s upcoming EP 'DearBrainLetMeSleep', 'Hiding Under Water' is a powerfully melancholic rave-tinged anthem, with deceptively dark lyrics such as “I often wish a second life. Where I was feeling better, showing all my feathers,” it showcases Adam’s strength of ability in writing deeply personal music that has the power to move.
The song was written after Mountain Bird (aka Adam Öhman) moved to Berlin and was struggling to settle there after a breakup with his longtime girlfriend, 'Hiding Under Water' is “about living with a depressive state of mind and somehow always looking at things from a perspective of melancholy”. On the title, Adam explains that, during the darkest of times, “I just want to jump down and sleep under the surface of the water where everything is quite and calm for a little while.''
Suitably filmed in Berlin where the song was written, in the video, directed by Maren Langer, we see Adam in solitude across a combination of 4 different storylines in the city, including particularly vulnerable shots of Adam underwater, putting the imagery of the song to film. Just as brooding as the song itself, the video uses a beautifully melancholic palette of blues, greys, blacks, and oranges. With Adam the only person featured in the video, it perfectly captures the feeling of loneliness that “Hiding Under Water” exudes.
Adam continues: “I was in a really dark place when I wrote this. And at that time almost felt like hurting myself or do something worse was a good idea, but I got myself together. I just got so tired of always trying to cope with my brain the first thing in the morning and not just wake up and go you know... It’s like you have to tame a beast every time you’d wanna do something and therefore I wanted to swap my brain with someone. Just anyone.”
It’s this honesty within Mountain Bird’s music that makes his songs have such a deep personal connection, coupled with the fact that Adam is continuing to sing the vocals on his tracks himself, as opposed to working with session vocalists as he had done prior to 2019. ‘Hiding Underwater’ shows how Mountain Bird continues to create beauty out of the darkest of places.
Since his first releases in 2014, Mountain Bird has received radio airplay from BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, Radio X, Absolute Radio, Amazing Radio, and garnered fans from the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Clash, The 405, and Ja Ja Ja.
Listen to this playlist made by the man himself 'The World of Mountain Bird':