[Cover photo credit to Erika Rock]
Chicago native and current Nashville resident Makena Hartlin has released a video for her newly released single “LA.” A ballad about “romantic heartbreak and how lives can take different turns,” it will be included on the upcoming five-song debut EP, She Decides, out later this summer on the Nashville label Melody Place. The song was co-written with Konrad Kupiec.
Directed by Chancellor Warhol, the “LA” video was filmed almost entirely in black and white, conjuring classic old Hollywood movies, with Hartlin starring as an actress and Barron Boedecker as the male lead.
I was beyond blown away at how accurately Chance brought my vision for this video to life—he nailed all the visual aspects and easily understood what the purpose of the Old Hollywood aesthetic served in terms of the song’s meaning. I was really thrilled to work with him and his team that day in East Nashville. I have always felt passionate about this era of film and art and feel blessed to have been able to put my own spin on it. I am so excited to see people’s theories and interpretations of it.
Before signing with Melody Place, Hartlin independently released the songs “The Apple” and “Jealous Girls.” These songs, plus “LA”, along with “Less Lonely” and “She Decides,” out in June and July, respectively, together comprise the EP.