Video Premiere | Mara Simpson – Keep Holding On

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Mara Simpson calls Watamu, Wellington, Berlin and Brighton home, which might explain why her sound is so difficult to pin down. Big, soulful vocals play out over a blend of folk and blues, while she uses her unique background to inspire her songs. ‘Keep Holding On’, taken from the upcoming Our Good Sides and featuring vocals from Ben Ottewell of Gomez, is inspired by the city of Berlin and the story of Frieda Schulze, who, at the age of 77, climbed out of a window to freedom. Mara and animator Timothy Armstrong have produced this beautiful video for the song, creating hand-drawn, frame-by-frame animation with rotoscoped footage of Mara, and you can get the first look at it here.

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