“I wrote ‘I Could Have Been Someone’ about a pivotal time in my life – My first love,” MAY tells us of her latest track. It’s the second release this year from the New York via Australian artist, who also stars in the cinematic clip for the song, premiering here today. “Though it grew from pure adoration and warmth, it then blossomed into an emotionally horrific relationship filled with betrayal and deception right to this very day,” she says. “I now admire the fact that I was able to turn this experience into something sonically beautiful, haunting and sincere.”
The video captures the spirit, if not the exact details, of a similar romance. Set to the track’s swooning, woozy electronic bass pulse, and smoke-filled jazz club aesthetic, Wen-You Cai and ST Luk’s story evokes the simultaneous loneliness and warmth of love.
“When we began pre-production on the film clip I had recently moved to New York and was just getting by,” she says. “I couldn’t afford an extravagant event at this time so I collaborated with some very talented friends that I’d met on my journey thus far and we brought the song to life with scarce resources. We shot it in my bedroom and neighborhood in Brooklyn in an almost ‘noir’ styled home movie kind of manner. I am proud of the film because I believe it represents everything that I intended it to – It’s a raw and honest portrayal of the story.”