“Simply put, ‘Jack Pine’ is a song about a tree that is trying to chop itself down,” John Bee of American Opera explains, cutting, if you will, right to the quick of the New York band’s latest video. “It’s is a song about doing what you want to do with your life,” he goes on. “The main character in the story feels stuck in their life and desperately needs a change. So he takes matters into his own hands.”
“I came to John Howe with the concept for the Jack Pine video and he completely knocked it out of the park. He’s a wizard. He’s brilliant. I feel like his visuals compliment and elevate the emotions that I’m trying to portray with the story. I’m over the moon with how the video and song turned out.”
Despite the conceit of the song, a rousing, acoustic-punk-folk number, there’s hope at the end of the video.
“You see my branches pine for something that’s just out of reach,” he sings, but, in cutting himself down, the tree finds new life in his roots.