The timing of the new track is very deliberate, as today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Written during a thunderstorm amidst California’s seven-year drought, “Summer All Over” is a sparse and quietly anguished ballad of teetering piano notes and the occasional thud of orchestration. Mills sings in a hoarse whisper of the damage caused by climate change, but ends on a hopeful note at the end: “It’s summer all over the world/ But baby don’t cry.”
The song comes via a music video directed by Kersti Jan Werdal that re-purposes footage from The Living Stone, a documentary about the Baffin Island Inuit Indigenous peoples. “The video explores their system of art making as an act of sharing social-ecological knowledge,” remarked Mills in a press release, “something that also ties in thematically to the lyrics in ‘Summer All Over.'”
Take a look at Blake Mills’ “Summer All Over” video below.