Blood Orange has recruited skateboarder Caleb Barnett to star in his latest visual for “Dagenham Dream.”
Directed by Jack Greer, the VHS-style video follows Barnett around New York City as he does mundane, everyday things. He spends his morning fooling around with his roommates at their apartment before a practice sesh at the skate park. Later on in the clip, Barnett also gets a haircut and fresh ink.
In a track-by-track breakdown of Negro Swan with Pitchfork earlier this year, Hynes explained that “Dagenham Dream” recalls his time being bullied as a child and how skateboarding helped him cope with the trauma. “I cut all my hair off, stopped painting my nails, wearing makeup, all this other shit. I stopped it all,” he said. “This song is essentially about that and how I used to skateboard to escape. The song is kind of murky, almost like a memory.”
Check out the video below: