Returning with the nostalgic presence of a hand-made collage, Michael Baker’s animated visuals for Baby Books feel close to home
Anglo-French singer songwriter Michael Baker returns with the personal animation for Baby Books. Released back in December, Baby Books is the third single from his forthcoming album Salt. Corresponding with a sound that’s distinctive and easily identifiable for Michael, there’s fragrances of Ben Howard meets Bon Iver.
With Baby Books designed to be about being prepared to share our inner demons, the honest number needs a visual that matches like two peas in a pod, and it does exactly what it says on the tin.
“I wrote Baby Books after losing a friend who lost their battle with mental health. It shocked me how much we wear masks every day & how hard it is to see what is bubbling away underneath.
Most of the time I feel that this song is not my song to sing, but then I remember the solution of all this is to talk more openly and be prepared to share our inner demons with friends and loved ones.”
With this quote, filmmaker Alice Humphreys gathered that influence to respond with a hand-made-collage. Hiding behind a mask, yet staying true to himself, the visuals explain the pain and struggle of living up to an expectation in today’s society. It’s an issue that needs to be addressed.
Clear and straight to the point with it’s meaning, the use of colours in the melancholic inspired video works with a wonderful twist. Including a vibrant logo that feels like a helping hand, the movement screams to viewers to reach out to a friend or family if they’re suffering, it’s ok to not be ok.
Michael’s breathtaking work streams with heart and soul, and to date, he’s the most honest artist of 2020 that I’ve come across so far.