City And Colour Processes Loss With “Meant To Be”

[Cover photo credit to Vanessa Heins]

City and Colour, the project of singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green, has released a video for the track Meant To Be,” the first new music from City and Colour since 2019 album A Pill For Loneliness. Directed by Michael Maxxis, the cinematic video was shot in an abandoned airport terminal in Detroit and captures the emotions of a song that Green wrote in processing the painful, life-changing loss of his best friend and long-time Producer Karl Bareham. 

Michael Maxxis comments:

Dallas sent me the album, and when I started listening, I felt like he was there in the room with me. He performs with a vulnerability that I haven’t heard from him before, and the effect was a profound emotional experience, similar to something you’d feel if someone was really opening up to you or experiencing intense emotions in person. Dallas’s walls are down on this album, and I wanted to capture that on film. For the ‘Meant to Be’ video I wanted to capture him unguarded and unvarnished, and I felt the best way to do that was with a beautifully shot and crafted performance video.

Green adds:

Michael always has insightful things to say when he describes what he ‘sees’ when he listens to my music. I knew I had made an emotional record, but the way he described his initial, visceral reaction to hearing it was so moving… to know something so emotionally connected to me elicited that kind of emotional response in someone. It was immediately apparent he got what I was going for.

The song refers back to events in September of 2019, while the band was on a break during an Australian tour, and Green received the news that Bareham had drowned off the country’s Gold Coast. Writing “Meant To Be” turned out to be a much-needed cathartic experience for Green.

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