Allison Weiss – Wait for Me (Music Video)

by Steven Spoerl

Bright Eyes’ “First Day of My Life” music video featured several personal reactions to people simply hearing the song. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks’ recent “Lariat” video featured an individual reaction to the song, while the central subject translated the lyrics to french. This week, Allisson Weiss unveiled a video that comes across as a bittersweet marriage of those two videos.

“Wait for Me” is alternately heartwarming and heartbreaking, as font comes up to detail the current state of one woman’s life (Josee, she’s very French) as she listens to the Allsson Weiss song on a pair of headphones. Instead of playing this concept up for winks or for romance, director Trevor Bowman winds up with something approaching voyeurism. As the song progresses, Josee’s heavily relatable difficulties are explained in detail. She had a daughter at a very young age, raised her with her fiancée Jean-François (see? Very French) and is now moving away from them both to pursue an education. She’s missing her daughter’s birthday for the first time in the process.

Weiss’ music has always been identifiable but seeing it filtered through Josee’s barely-contained emotional reactions, the extent of that empathetic potential is driven home more fiercely than ever. Increasing the impact is the decision to turn “Wait for Me” into a two-shot video. In the first shot, we’re introduced to Josee and the concept of the video and in the second, the concept plays out. “Wait for Me” itself is a lovely acoustic number that’s aided well by a tasteful orchestral section, which somehow only amplifies Josee’s reactions.

Now that the holiday season has officially begun, “Wait for Me” resonates particularly strongly. Everything comes together in a perfect storm of sentiment and the end results are unbelievably affecting. While it’s unlikely that “Wait for Me” will get to experience the kind of circulation that “First Day of My Life”, Cake’s “Short Skirt/Long Jacket”, or even “Lariat”, those that are fortunate enough to see this will have something to hold on to for a very long time. Watch it below.