By Amanda Wicks
Jennifer Nettles has released a dramatic music video to back up her power ballad “Unlove Me,” off her upcoming second album Playing with Fire.
The song’s central sentiment, “I can’t unlove you/ So come love me for now” finds a gripping visual story in director Trey Fanjoy’s capable hands.
In the video’s opening moments, Nettles, dressed in a red dress, sits alone at a bar sipping on a whiskey neat, before her beau shows up and the two reminisce over a drink. What seems to start with a straightforward narrative–Nettles at the bar–turns into a much more evocative video thanks to powerful imagery used to convey the song’s emotion.
The video takes an abstract turn when their connection and its looming end sends her falling backward into water. Nettles and her man in the video film a beautiful underwater sequence to capture the song’s pain at having letting go.
Playing with Fire drops May 13th.