Boxed In – “Mystery” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Oli Bayston got his start with Manchester indie band Keith, with whom he played for seven years until the band split in 2009. Since then he has written and produced for several UK acts including Steve Mason, Lianna Li Havas, and Lily Allen. Currently, Bayston has his own solo venture, which operates under the name Boxed In. He has released three singles and two videos for Boxed In’s self-titled debut, which has just been released in the UK. Bayston now gives us a video for the piano-driven album track “Mystery.” The song opens with a live drum loop before grand piano chords take the reins; Bayston also adds sparse bass guitar hits and atmospheric sweeps which swell and recede. The instrumentation is rich and the visuals are equally so. Much more involved effects-wise than Boxed In’s previous videos, director Steven Spencer’s “Mystery” clip finds Bayston walking with a stoic expression along a picturesque rocky coastline, then befriending a huge beached whale that floats into the air and disappears in the clouds. It may be hard to envision that plot being matched by any combination of sounds, but it works. Watch.

Boxed In launches a UK headlining tour in February:

02/10 Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mikes
02/11 Bristol, UK @ Start The Bus
02/12 London, UK @ Electrowerkz SOLD OUT
02/13 Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
02/14 Sheffield, UK @ Rocking Chair
02/15 Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast

Boxed In is out now in the UK on Nettwerk. UK residents can buy it here. The U.S. release is pending.