The Brush Contemplates the Impermanence of All Things With the Delicately Melancholic “Squeeze & Turn”

The Brush “Squeeze & Turn” cover, image by Laura Moreau

Aaron Alan Mitchell, the singer, guitarist, keyboardist of The Brush, filmed and directed the video for his single “Squeeze & Turn.” It shows fireworks bursting in the foreground across the faces of statuary figures, many of them Roman emperors, to enhance the song’s message of contemplating the impermanence of all things. Fireworks are not lacking in their visual glory and power for being so fleeting in duration and in the grand timeline of history people come and go and make their mark but in the living it you don’t, can’t and shouldn’t think of it as meaningless and ephemeral and thus insignificant. And yet the resigned tone of the song and its contemplative pace with Mitchell’s vocals shifting seemingly effortlessly from soft introspection to emotive falsetto and back indicates not an abstraction of one’s place in the universe but the realization that even an Augustus or Mansa Musa mean little to the everyday lives of people today. With all the dramatic political and economic turmoil of the past few years and more it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that even though we can only live in the moment we do not have to give more weight to particular events than they warrant. Mitchell brought together a bit of an all star cast to record the track with Eli Thompson on bass (Father John Misty), Joey McClellan on guitar (Midlake, Elle King) and McKenzie Smith on drums (Midlake, St. Vincent). Watch the video for “Squeeze & Turn” on YouTube and connect with The Brush at the links provided.