Ken Yates has released “Honest Light,” featuring Caroline Marie Brooks, the fourth single from his upcoming full-length album, Cerulean, out June 3rd. The track highlights Yates’ perfections and imperfections and is accompanied by a warm video set in his quiet hometown.
Cerulean is available for pre-order now HERE.
Yates will hit the road this summer across Ontario, Canada, as well as two dates in Michigan, and concluding with a date in Londonderry, NH. Yates will also have an official showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Missouri on Thursday, May 19 at 7:45 PM CT. Registration for the 2022 Folk Alliance event is available HERE and all other tickets can be found HERE.
“There’s a certain kind of light during “golden hour” when the sun comes through your window and suddenly everything looks different,” Yates explains. “You notice the dust on your table, the dirt on your floor, the crumbs on your counter. I tried to capture that moment in song form. For a long time I only had the line, “Life is like a cheap wine, it don’t get any better with time” and I kind of built the song slowly around that one line.”
Between stunning drone shots, some visual distortion and playing with the lighting throughout, the video manages to elevate the track and cleverly demonstrate its meaning. Describing the thought behind the video, Yates says, “Our idea was to capture a dark versus light theme between the verses and the chorus. We filmed in multiple locations around the Collingwood area, including an abandoned drive-in right at dawn.” he continues, “Co-producer and editor, Nick Marinelli distorted a few of the frames, which really helped to capture the dizzy, anxiousness of this song. I wanted it to feel like I was moving in and out of this warped reality in the verses, then grounding myself in the darkness of the choruses.”