Guest – Post Artist Kele Fleming

I released the latest single, ‘The Sea in Me’, from my new album last Friday. The video for this song was filmed by Vancouver videographer R.d. Cane, who I’ve had the honour to work with a few times now. We shot the video early one summer morning at Spanish Banks in Vancouver, Canada. It was filmed during the pandemic, and the absence of me (except for a brief cameo at the beginning and end of the video) is intentional. R.d. thought it was essential to focus this video on the beauty of the place and the sea and how the meaning of the song is connected to the sea. Says R.d., 

“A lot of people are hurting right now, and they don’t need to see an artist dancing around to her own music. Please give them the beauty of this place and something to take their minds off of everything. Give them something beautiful to look at while they’re taking in the lush complexity of the song.”

I began writing ‘Sea in Me’ after visiting the Giant Pacific Octopus at the Vancouver Aquarium. The song is full of longing and love and mystery and the importance of connection. I found it quite sad that the octopus was isolated on its own in a small aquarium. I wondered what it might be longing for…The wide-open ocean, a lover, the inky depths, connection to another. So, you can hear in this song, a love song really, an intense longing. The main character is wishing for their lover to be free, beneath the waves.

I finished writing the song with long-time writing collaborator Ron Kenji just before it went into production. 

The song tries to capture the essence of the ocean & encourages a trance-like experience that takes you to unfathomable depths. The arrangement is lush & multi-layered to convey the complexity & power of love & longing. The bass & synths reach back to the ’80’s – inspired by The Cure, Eurythmics, Joy Division. 

Musically, this may be the best example of the effect that my current band is having on my music. Aaron’s bass clarified the chorus and made it stronger. Tony’s drumming is powerful yet dynamic. Scott adds the essence of the deep sea on electric guitar. And, Ron starts the song with a synth-packed flourish and then adds seasick semitones in the middle 8. The chorus and the addition of the trombone and the 10-voice choir send it over the top!

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