Marcus Whale breaks your heart with his video for ‘My Captain’
Sounding something like a modern day Moby Dick MARCUS WHALE has dropped the video for his track ‘My Captain’ challenging political, and social, oppression in a track that feels both urgent and confused.
The confusion comes from the beat, which is reminiscent of a boom gate going down, and the slow moving, emotive vocals. The video itself also moves very slowly. Panning around two men, intimately embracing. The inspiration fro the video is drawn form 19th Century crime figures Captain Moonlite and James Nesbitt, two gay bushrangers living in a world and a time where they had to hide their identities on more than one level.
Directed by Justin McLean the video for ‘My Captain’ is actually quite tragic. It portrays the emotion felt when Nesbitt was shot by police, but the true message is much deeper than that. With the urgent beat, and confused juxtaposition against the lyrics it’s a true anthem for equality and acceptance. At the end of the day Marcus Whale has created a video that shows the most important message of all, love is love, it can be that black and white.
‘My Captain’ is available now through Good Manners Music, Marcus Whale’s EP Inland Sea is due out in June.
Words by Madeline Kilby