"Most in the Summertime" is one of the most buoyant songs on Rhett Miller's terrific new album "The Traveler." It's made for the summertime, indeed, sing-song, earnest, yearning and intense, and with some amazing players including many of the Decemberists and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck.
The video -- which we premiere today on Salon -- is a more complicated emotional grab-bag. It opens floral and effervescent, then turns darker in therapist offices, strip clubs and bars. There's a disturbing scene with a noose, which resonates especially because Miller has been open about his teenage depression and thoughts of suicide. But then there's a scene in bed where a woman's hand runs down his chest perfectly in time with Miller's croon.
Check out the video below, and the album here.