Who is not occasionally struck by a bout of overthinking? It is clear by the work of Josh Collins that he is no exception to this exceptionally human activity. With candidness and authenticity, he tackles complicated questions and finds his own escape from his head: the beautiful landscape of Lake District National Park in northwest England.
“Hold You Back” begins with minimalism. An acoustic guitar draws you in before the simple (though resounding) percussion compliments Collins’ voice, which is clear and decisive, even within the conflict of the love he feels. The melody is all sweetness with no shortage of string-bending to create a unique space of contemplation. “Not payed enough to take this seriously,” Collins’ sings, “But I don’t want to hold you back.” He sheds layers as he moves through the space, freeing himself — we can hope — from this impossible self-conscious dilemma.
For a song that gives the lyrical (and emotional) focus to someone else, the video spends its time blissfully with Collins’ — there’s something gorgeous about watching the processing, particularly in such a lush and alive environment.