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Erin Rae releases video for June Bug

The psychedelic folk-rock song is taken from the singer-songwriter’s highly anticipated new album.

Erin Rae
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Singer-songwriter Erin Rae has released the video for her psychedelic folk-rock song June Bug.

Describing the inspiration for the song, Rae said: “I was walking home from work and it was one of those summer nights in Nashville where the heat is just thick and heavy, and it doesn’t let up. There were June Bugs all over the sidewalks and moths and everything flying around the light when I walked in the house. I was just listening to the crickets and feeling the night and imagining what someone else was doing while I was home alone.”

The hazy clip is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Josh Shoemaker, who has previously worked with artists such as Alabama Shakes and Shovels and Rope. It features a sleepless Rae trimming roses and talking on the phone, along with slo-mo reverse effects and appearances from fellow Nashville performers including Kashena Sampson, Molly Parden and Coco Reilly.


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Shoemaker said: “I had been wanting to shoot a one-shot video that would sync forwards and backwards for a long time. When I heard this track from Erin and the second verse started with ‘If I had it to do again over’ I knew where we were headed. A mediation on how we view our interpersonal relationships. Exploring how it can be interpreted differently depending on what direction it’s viewed from, what point in time it’s conjured and ultimately making peace with all possibilities being both alive and dead at all times.”

June Bug is taken from Rae’s highly anticipated album Putting On Airs, which is out tomorrow (8th June) on John Paul White’s label Single Lock Records. The deeply personal album was recorded in a former monastery in Wisconsin in the depths of winter, and lyrically covers themes including mental health, addiction and sexuality.

Rae has previously worked with artists including Margo Price and Andrew Combs, and recently made her Grand Ole Opry debut supporting Price and Hiss Golden Messenger. She’s just completed a US tour supporting the Mountain Goats, and will spend the rest of the summer on the road on her own headlining tour. Additionally, she’ll be appearing at the End of the Road Festival in Dorset in August.

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