English singer-songwriter James Bay recently teamed up with American electronic music producer and DJ Marshmello and Swedish DJ and record producer Alesso for their “Chasing Stars” collaboration. The song and accompanying music video were released on August 20, 2021.
The clip follows Bay as he explores a video rental store, choosing videos from the shelves as he sits in the back of the store looking at them longingly. The videos feature a woman, an ex-lover as the lyrics suggest. Bay eventually begins removing videos from the shelf as bright light seeps through the empty spaces, he continues to remove more and more videos before entering the light. He appears on the beach with the woman in the videos and is seen in the store again, except there are no walls, just sand and sea.
The song is energetic with a sense of longing and yearning for a different time. Bay’s voice is emotional but upbeat. The lyricism clearly portrays a romantic relationship, a relationship that once had a flaming spark and passion, but fell apart over time. For example, “Memories like freight trains hit me / I’m replaying to keep you with me / Better to have had than not at all.” “
Alesso is set to perform at Electric Zoo 2021 later this year on September 3. Electric Zoo recently announced that they will need proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test in order to attend. Many other venues and festivals are also implementing security policies such as mask warrants to slow the spread of the virus.