Wollongong-based songwriter/producer Stevan has shared a homely music video to accompany his latest new single, ‘Hope It’s Not’.
A collaboration with ARIA-nominated producer Louis Schoorl (5 Seconds Of Summer), the new video – which dropped today (August 11) – is a contrast to the bright and lively slice of psych-drenched R&B.
Footage of a seemingly-pensive Stevan in various rooms of a house leads to a shot of him singing into a microphone beneath an underpass, drenched in a soft glow throughout, one that complements the widescreen soundscape of upbeat synths and summery strummed guitars.
Check out the video for the Ben Develin-directed ‘Hope It’s Not’ below:
In a press release, the 20-year-old musician explained that ‘Hope It’s Not’ is about “finding the right person at the wrong time”.
“Well, maybe not wrong time, but an unexpected time. And adjusting to the feeling of not being ready for love, to acknowledge your true feelings despite being conflicted.”
‘Hope It’s Not’ comes as Stevan’s first piece of solo material in 2021, following his guest spot on Taka Perry’s single ‘Twenty’ back in March. He made waves last year with the release of his first two mixtapes, ‘Just Kids’ and ‘Ontogeny’.
In a four-star review of ‘Ontogeny’, NME writer Cyclone Wehner said: “Stevan may express his insecurities, but musically he’s only grown in creative assurance and freedom. ‘Ontogeny’ signals a rapid progression from an artist determined not to settle as he establishes his own fluid pop identity.”
Speaking to NME last June, Stevan discussed his ambition to spread positivity through his music, especially since the industry was (and continues to be) ravaged by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“ has been a very challenging [year] in general. I want to try and do my best to be a positive force, just because this year has been the worst,” he said. “It’s been a horrible year. I feel like, as it comes to a close, in general, we’re gonna need more positivity. So I am also trying to have a more positive outlook, even though things are very bleak.”