Young Oxford singer-songwriter Charlie Cunningham plays a version of folk-rock steeped in the ethereal solemnity of Jose González with flickers of wrenching emotion akin to Frightened Rabbit or Damien Rice. The video for “Lights Off” from Cunningham’s upcoming Outside Things EP intersperses shots of the singer with a simple, touching character portrait. A young father cares for his young daughter, passes her off to her mother, and goes to work as a night custodian; that’s all that happens, but the expert cinematography, an understated performance by Rómulo Zambrana, and Cunningham’s equally sparse, beautiful music imbues the clip with a humble grace. Murat Gökmen and Lydia C-S directed the video, which you can watch below.
Outside Things is out 11/17. Pre-order it here.