Heartbreak will always fade with time, but the truest loves burn bright and harsh in our memories. Sometimes, it takes years to really let someone go as the pain moves from sharp stabs to dull aches. It’s part of the deal going in: when you play with the fires of lust, you might get burned — or in the case of Petit Biscuit‘s music video for “We Were Young” featuring JP Cooper, you might melt.
“We Were Young” is a song about falling in love in spite of your best efforts to keep some distance. For the music video, the French producer brought on Parisian director Pierre Saba-Aris to, as he tweets it, “relive the aching memory of a lost love.” The artist plays opposite a happily-doomed couple, portrayed by French actors Rod Paradot and Marilyn Lima, as they become wax figure alter-egos and act out the past’s most haunting amusements.
“[This song] brought up in me a kind of nostalgia about happy memories,” Saba-Aris tells Billboard Dance. “I wanted to transpose this into a dream-like universe, as if the man was dreaming all of these moments he had lived with this young woman. What happens in dreams definitely isn’t always real, that’s why we have these slices of life take place in timeless sets, and it’s also why the faces of the characters have this fixed, artificial look. Like a dream that would be erased second after second, the woman and the environment around her melts as the movie goes on, until they completely disappear. Petit Biscuit joins them in that dream without ever crossing their paths. As if he, too, was walking in the shadow of one of his own relationships.”
The single is Petit Biscuit’s second of 2019, and while we can’t say whether it’s part of a forthcoming follow-up to his 2017 debut LP Presence, the producer does have exciting things to say about his future. “I spent a lot of time thinkin about what’s next,” he recently tweeted, “and damn, I can’t wait to show you where I’m drifting right now.” Drift along to the official video for “We Were Young” with JP Cooper below.