Summer by Calvin Harris
‘Summer’ is a song for the torrid days to come. Calvin Harris is accompanied by the famous actor Jason Statham, in a scene to remind viewers of ‘Fast and Furious’. Calvin Harris launched his invitation to party all summer long, being one of the recent songs.
The simple plot of the video (a car race to bring closer summer fun) is counterbalanced by a wise invitation to decrypt the light and shapes implied by Jake Nava, its director. The beginning of the video shows a beautiful woman in an extremely sensual outfit, somehow covered by the lazy wind’s play with a white curtain, but she isn’t the main attraction of the director. It’s the car race, featuring Jason Statham and in the end of the video another attractive woman as driver, as well as the feverish night party that seems endless. The speed of the machines is the desire of everybody to see the summer coming with its suite of parties.
The body of women invited to the video is used in different context. The abdomen of a woman laying lazily in a bed is seen as the symbol of dormant desire, the body of a woman sinking breathless into the pool, followed by a quick move to the surface of the water as the symbol of return to life. White is a repeating symbol: on sheets, walls, bathtub, curtains and the T-shirt of Calvin Harris, as a call addressed to summer and the powerful light it spreads.
‘Summer’ is included in the fourth album, that would be released by the Scottish artist in 2014, being aggressively promoted on social networks starting with March 2014. In the tradition of electro house style, ‘Summer’ would have been a non-distinctive song in the ocean of summer songs, that will be released starting with this month, but Calvin Harris’s strong voices saves it from anonymity.
Directed by Jake Nava, a British director recognized for his attention dedicated to light effects and simplicity, ‘Summer’ couldn’t deny his artistic view. Jake Nava was also responsible for the game of colors in ‘Beautiful Liar’ (Beyoncé & Shakira), ‘Crazy in Love’ (Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z), ‘Burn’ (Usher) or ‘Someone Like You’ (Adele).