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Vagabond Singer-Songwriter Rodes Rollins Returns With Melancholic 'Wes Come Back' Clip: Exclusive Premiere

Mark Peaced
Rodes Rollins

New York-via-Los Angeles vagabond singer-songwriter Rodes Rollins first captivated listeners with the release of her breakthrough debut EP Young Adult released earlier this year and produced by Alex Goose (Kevin Gates, Weezer). A unique blend of dusty folk-pop, the set draws inspiration from Broken Bells and Ennio Morricone, with a nostalgic sentimentality anchored on sinister guitars and ominous synths. 

The wistful album was inspired by the transition from youth to adulthood and the tragedy of loss and first loves. For Rollins, the character of Wes -- an ex with a tumultuous past -- appears throughout on tracks like "Oh Dear, Wes" and "Wes Come Back."  Today, the enigmatic artist returns with the official clip for the latter, premiering exclusively via Billboard below.

Essentially a short film, the gritty, cinematic composition -- filmed in Mexico City -- is centered on the concept that losing a loved one is akin to losing a part of yourself, an agonizingly repetitive metaphor throughout the dark magical realism-inspired visual. The clip's director José María Espinosa de los Monteros Tato has previously helmed the two short films "La última vez," which raises awareness of sexual harassment in Mexico City, and "Whippet," which was an official selection at Miami Film Festival and Festival del Puerto.

"Mexico City has increasingly become a part of the story of this music. The inspiration I draw from the city and the people who live there has been very important to me and my development as a songwriter," Rollins tells Billboard. "Working on a film based in Mexico City seemed almost imperative because so much of the work I’m doing is interwoven with this city and the people who live there."

Give Rollins' full EP a spin below and catch the rising artist at Soho House New York's Vinyl Room tonight (May 10) at 10 PM for a special performance and screening of the visual.