Michael Flannery has his roots deep in music crafting, but his new album, Try Your Hardest, is the first record of his latest project: Mr. Flannery and His Feelings. “Embers of Dead Fires” marks the second video release, following the clip for “Pushing Up”.
The beauty of “Embers of Dead Fires” is the thematic unity and subtlety used when handling the darkness that claws at all of us: the passing of time. Under Mr. Flannery’s restrained vocals you can hear a power that hooks you in and brings you close. Once you’re near, the lyrics are able to fall over you, bringing images of dead leaves and a sense that something is on the cusp of happening — something in the fringes. The video compliments this ominous tone with a pure suspense concept. Mr. Flannery hangs suspended over a pool and is slowly lowered into the dark waters. For a moment, we see a masked woman dancing around the edge of the pool, and the suspense is heightened.
In the end, Mr. Flannery proves this feat to be but a magic trick — a personal untangling of himself from his chains. You want to feel relief, but his expression admits a lasting anxiety and the mystery of the masked woman remains. By the end of “Embers of Dead Fires”, we wonder what we are left with.