Rising Australian singer-songwriter Jamie-Lee Dimes has released the music video for her latest single "Virginia." The marching, alt-folk love letter inspired by the infamous 2017 rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia seeks to reclaim the state from its recent history and spark the conversations needed to usher the world towards equality and acceptance. PRESS HERE to watch the nostalgic, melancholy-drenched video which was filmed in the days after SXSW's cancellation and serves as a moment frozen in time of an America in the middle of pandemic shutdowns, breaking news alerts, and uncertainty.
“I felt weary and uninspired in the time following the cancellation of SXSW,” says Jamie-Lee. “But I did what I know best and hit the road with my friend, filmmaker Vanessa Pla and a super8 camera. We set up camp in seventies roadside motels and explored a side of America that isn’t often seen, channeling our uncertainty into art during a time that will go down in history.”
Working on her debut studio album and making music spurred by a need to ignite conversations, ideas, and change, Jamie-Lee’s “Virginia” follows on the heels of the recently unveiled “Release Me.” PRESS HERE to watch the video which pays tribute to Australia’s natural beauty in the wake of the recent bush fires, and wrestles with complex feelings of discrimination to provide a voice for those in society who might not have one in a landscape where the stakes are higher than ever.
An eclectic artist with a global perspective fueled by wanderlust and writing sessions all over the world, Jamie-Lee infuses her unique blend of nostalgic 60s rock and dreamy, melancholic folk with activism to draw inspiration from revolutionary artists such as Patti Smith, Cat Power, Kim Gordon, PJ Harvey, Grace Slick, and more. Creating moody ethereal soundscapes, such as those featured on her atmospheric and cinematic 2016 EP Liminality, Jamie-Lee recently wrapped an international tour in support of her previously released singles “Waste of Time,” a reminder to walk forward on the path of uncertainty, and “Hide in My Head.” Both singles, alongside Liminality, reflect her experiences living and studying dance in New York City, eventually merging Australian studies in music, classical ballet, drama, and contemporary choreography into her songwriting and music.