Following on from the enormous praise for her stunning debut single ‘if i wasn’t made for love’, which has since been supported by the likes of The Independent, GIGWISE, Record Of The Day, and many more, as well as landing a spot on Spotify’s New Music Friday (NL) playlist, néomí, the moniker for Surinamese/Dutch folk-pop singer-songwriter Neomi Speelman, has now returned to deliver the vibrant new video for her debut release.
Capturing the warm and heartfelt sentiment of the original song, these new visuals lean into the track’s intimate lyrics to create a narrative that wonderfully expresses the tender meaning behind the song.
Speaking about the video, neomí added, “The video is about searching for love in a person but not finding any affection back. It is about not knowing who you are within ‘love’ itself, and wondering if you were made for love at all.
“Shooting this video was a lot of fun. The dress I wear in the bed scene at the end is from Rosalie Boonstra, it’s one of her most recognisable dresses, which has been featured in Vogue. We pulled some favors to get that dress! The funny part about that was I couldn’t dress myself but needed 2 people to put it on because it was so heavy. I fell multiple times trying to walk and dance around the room… I was so scared of destroying this masterpiece. The doll in the video also got a nickname called “baby boy”. I think we’ll probably be taking him on tour with us for a while now!
“I am really proud of this small team we made it with. Just me, Stijn, Annarose and assistant Anouk were present at the day of filming. We shot this all in one day.
“In the video we tried to capture the whole loophole you go through when you date someone. So meeting each other, getting home together. Then dining together with a good bottle and after that some dancing and getting into bed. What you do in bed after a date is something I’ll leave to your imagination.
“We put the video in 4:3 to give the video a bit more character. And I think it feels more intimate, as if you are with us in the room.”
2020 was set to be the breakout year for néomí as she recorded her first singles with British engineer/producer Edd Hartwell (Tom Walker, Birdy, Tom Odell), supported singer-songwriting legend Don McLean and was also invited to the UK to play her first shows abroad. However, the out-break of a pandemic quickly followed by a life-changing event scuppered these plans with néomí using the next 12 months to develop as a songwriter and add to her growing catalog of songs. Now, with the world slowly returning to normality, néomí finds herself signed to [PIAS] with dozens of songs ready and waiting to be uncaged and take flight.
néomí: “It hurt me. I couldn’t connect with people last year through my music, but I know now even more, that when the time comes, we will connect. And I hope people are just as eager as me to experience my music together. Like an artist I admire much once said: “the music has served me, now let the music serve you.”
As a youngster néomí’s first step into music didn’t exactly start on the right foot when she was told she had to attend piano tuitions. It was agreed that she would attend the lessons for 5 years and, after these 5 years, she could decide whether to continue or not. Moving 5 years passed and the unimpressed Neomi quit the piano and vowed never to play music again.
4 years would float by until néomí would find herself at a musical junction. During a browse on a popular Internet video website she stumbled across a live video of Ben Howard performing ‘Old Pine’ with a cellist in tow. Spellbound and inspired, néomí came out of her musical retirement, picked up a guitar and began teaching herself how to play from online tutorials.
As her skill and confidence grew she looked at applying to music schools and, due to an administrative error, was invited to audition in Amsterdam. Despite being too young to apply néomí was accepted on her raw talent and potential. Over the next 4 years she would honey her song writing and sound, her main influences stemming between Bon Iver, Bob Dylan, and Ben Howard. She says of the trio “their lyrics are outstanding and insanely beautiful. I don’t think they make songs, but they make art, poems. That’s something I also really try to do; make little poems instead of songs.”
‘if i wasn’t made for love’ is out now via [PIAS]. Expect further singles with an EP ‘before’ scheduled for release June 2022.