A few months back, stellar keyboardist Paul Horton — who you’ve heard with Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard, Concurrence and many more — released Prelude No. 1, his first solo record under the name No.Stress. The album is a collection of evocative miniature instrumental jazz-soul-hip-hop soundscapes, created with ingenious sample manipulation and the help of a shedload of live players including Howard on guitar, bassist Greg Bryant and drummer Marcus Finnie.
Though only a few of the pieces have lyrics, Horton & Co. take full advantage of their ability to communicate emotion and tell stories through music. The album closes with the simmering, grooving track “Sunset on Saturn.” Today, we’re very pleased to premiere a stylish vid for the song directed by Seck, who we recognized as Best Music Video Director in our 2020 Best of Nashville issue.
In the piece, the camera focuses on a young Black man, dressed in a business suit, sitting in a car. It’s an old car — for my auto nerds, it appears to be a mid-’80s Toyota Celica — but a somewhat sporty one, and well-kept. It’s an image that, in a perfect world, wouldn’t offer much to think about. But in the world we’ve got, it’s subtly fraught; is he going to be questioned by police or harassed by passersby, simply for being there? There’s an unresolved tension in the music that’s sustained for almost all of the video’s short run, just more than 90 seconds. Without spoiling anything, it won't be much of a surprise to note that the sharp turn justifies any concerns that the image raises.