Last week Amber Arcades, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Offlaga Disco Pax, Teen Daze, and Kaleidoscopic Horse all released great music videos. Emergent artist Siobhan Wilson also managed to turn in an arresting clip for the equally arresting “Whatever Helps”. Directed by Alistair Ogilvy and comprised of low-grade film footage that switches between a yellow-soaked hue and stark black-and-white, “Whatever Helps” is given an unnerving face that accentuates the song’s intrinsic uncertainty.
Incredibly dark in tone but deeply empathetic in delivery, “Whatever Helps” firmly establishes itself as one of 2017’s most gripping tracks and the video only heightens that arresting nature; it’s impossible to look away from something so unapologetic in its intimacy. Bruised and disconcertingly knowing, it sets a memorable tone for Wilson’s forthcoming There Are No Saints. If the rest of the material on the record lives up to “Whatever Helps”, it’ll be one of the year’s most unlikely — and most welcome — standouts .
Watch “Whatever Helps” below and pre-order There Are No Saints from Songs, by Toad here.