Here at Albumism, few things give us as much pleasure as discovering, embracing and disseminating new music that demands to be heard far and wide. And while our inbox is increasingly flooded with requests (and far too many desperate pleas) to amp the latest and greatest from this and that artist, we aim to maintain a discerning ear for music that matters. Hence our delight in being introduced not too long ago to the symphonic soul and sophisticated songcraft of one Izzi Dunn.
Though still a relatively unknown name to audiences stateside (not for long, if we have anything to say about it, mind you), the classically trained cellist and gifted singer-songwriter has nurtured a solid reputation in her native UK, having collaborated closely with the likes of Damon Albarn, Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B, 4hero’s Dego, Mark Ronson, and Roots Manuva, among others. Her multi-dimensional talents have been most fully showcased on her handful of EP releases and three studio albums to date.
Her latest LP, Recycle Love, represents the triumphant culmination of her musical experience and artistic vision thus far. Following the previously shared compositions “Belong” and “Our Time,” today brings the unveiling of the album’s stirring third single “Unforgiven” and its accompanying video directed by James Mooney and starring Tui Asau, Richard Cabral, Clayton Cardenas, and Allison Ott. Filmed in a desert location just outside of Los Angeles and orchestrated with an understated, cinematic grace, the black-and-white video perfectly translates the emotional tension and urgency of the song, which examines the often convoluted interlacing of lust, love and loyalty.
“One of the greatest and most powerful things a human can bestow or receive is to forgive or be forgiven,” Dunn reflects. “James Mooney and the amazing cast beautifully capture the intensity and emotional torment of this, and the internal struggles both sides face.”
We’re thrilled to present the world premiere of this captivating, can’t-look-away coupling of the aural with the visual, and invite you to watch the video for “Unforgiven” in full below. Additionally, stay tuned for our special interview with the woman herself and our review of Recycle Love later this week, which we’ve appropriately deemed “Izzi Dunn Week” here at Albumism.