Deeper than a music video, “Every Single Thing” views more along the lines of a short film. And, staying true to the art-film-project aesthetic displayed throughout the visual, the latest from Open Mike Eagle is like an onion – it’s got layers upon layers of pungency to work your way through.
Finding inspiration in Janne Teller’s Nothing, Eagle uses his What Happens When I Try To Relax single and the accompanying video to detail his own – quite relatable – experience attempting to make sense of the tumultuous world around him, both internally and externally. Directed by Spencer Garland, “Every Single Thing” chronicles Michel – played by Tracy Kernell – wrestling through an existential crisis. The actor finds his way to the beach where he nihilistically cleanses his spirit through the burning of a box of items, all of which possess the illusion of holding intrinsic value.
As Open Mike Eagle’s biting prose narrates the imagery, viewers witness our protagonist letting go of the senselessness that makes up the “reality” surrounding him, instead finding a renowned sense of self through music and creation. Watching Michel – midi controller in hand – walk away from the remnants of his fiery purge leaves viewers with a newfound sense of hope, as Eagle acknowledges but does not succumb to the conditioning and bullshit of our world at large.
What Happens When I Try To Relax is available now on all major streaming platforms. You can catch Open Mike Eagle, alongside Sammus and Video Dave, on the Still Can’t Relax Tour, which is going down in a city near you throughout April.
Watch “Every Single Thing” below.