Dan Brodie has been a mainstay of Australian alt-country and heartfelt rock ‘n’ roll for nigh on three decades now and he keeps on delivering, whether it’s dark, hot blooded rock or brooding, atmospheric country ballads. His latest single ‘(I Can Feel) Love Closing In’ falls into the latter camp. It’s draped in melancholic romanticism and a tender lust. Brodie weaves his way through the song with verses that tumble forth with playful, flirtatious charm. The choruses relax and spread out in a kind of meditative mantra – part hope, part desire. The pedal steel of Lost Raga’s Shane Reilly is just gorgeous, as is the tender and dreamy backing vocal of Katie Bates, who also features in the clip. This is dive bar country soul of the sweetest kind.
Shot and directed by Ben Mastwyk (who Brodie also performs with in his cosmic country super group, The Millions), the video is a love letter to their hometown of Melbourne, in all it’s after-dark glory, with a series of beautifully choreographed missed encounters, weaving through stark vintage era interiors, before exploding onto the street with a vivid bouquet of colours in the song’s final climatic fever dream.
“Ben and I have a great love for Melbourne and wanted to capture some of the wonderful architecture and streetscapes which are illuminated after dark, without relying on the usual tropes associated with the visual representation of the city. In navigating their way around, we wanted the two characters to exist as part of the landscape and yet remain separate, representing the inner journey we all embark on as we seek connection with one another.”
‘(I Can Feel) Love Closing In’ is the second single from Brodie’s forthcoming 2023 studio album (his ninth), The Ballad of Cowboy Dan.