Dutch singer-songwriter Lilith Merlot has shared the live music video for her single ‘Easier To Fight’, released on the 3rd of October 2023. The single is taken from her EP, Shades Of Blue, which was released on the 26th of May 2023. With nearly 5 million streams across all platforms and support from publications such as METAL Magazine, EARMILK, and Conversations About Her, her music is touching a wide audience, also earning spins across a number of stations under the established Netherlands public broadcaster NPO and landed on the Spotify Editorial playlist Sad Covers. Known for her timeless voice, Lilith Merlot’s music is a distinct blend of jazz, pop and soul, influenced by the likes of Lizz Wright, Jeff Buckley and Norah Jones.
‘Easier To Fight’ is a rousing love ballad about feeling uncertain in a relationship. Its music video features Merlot performing, using the audio from the performance to deliver an authentic live experience. Lilith Merlot’s vocals are raw yet rich, soulful and captivating, supported by subtle instrumental accompaniment from Wurlitzer keys (Serge Dusault) and cello (Jonas Pap). The video begins with a medium close-up of Lilith Merlot as she sings, and throughout the video the camera gradually zooms out, revealing her accompanists and the imposing man-made structure upon which they are performing. A twilight sky and crescent moon create a suitably moody backdrop, bolstering the breathtaking audiovisual experience.
Lilith Merlot divulged: “I knew I wanted to record something 100% live, because to me that is where the magic happens. I invited Jonas Pap (known for his work with singer Sevdaliza and Red Limo String Quartet) on cello to join me and my producer Serge Dusault (on Wurlitzer). When me and the production team (Rauwkost Film) talked about locations, we soon came up with the idea to shoot outside, because that is where I feel most free. We shot this video in Rotterdam – a city close to my heart, because it is where I took my first serious steps in music: studying at the Conservatory, my first big gigs, my first band, etc. ‘Easier to Fight’ is about feeling lost in a relationship, not knowing where you stand. Should you fight for it or give up and let go? It’s that feeling of being stuck in the twilight zone, which is why it felt magical to perform this song during actual twilight, at blue hour.“
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