By: Staff –
Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter Ila Barker is back with her cinematic new video for her new single “Fool Under Water”. Watch it exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.
Directed by award-winning Indigenous film director Patrick Shannon (Quanah Style, Carsen Gray) the video for “Fool Under Water” was shot in multiple locations throughout the beautiful state of the Baja Del Sur California, Mexico. A metaphor for how toxic relationships can feel similar to drowning, “Fool Under Water” explores how water is beautiful and calming yet contains a power that demands respect as it can wash you away in a moment. Similarly, abusive relationships often start with a whirlwind romance and quickly turn as dark as the ocean.
“To be a fool under water is to dive in headfirst and give your whole heart to something or someone that isn’t deserving of it, and before you know it you’re drowning,” says Barker.
With a soulful voice and lyrics that washes over the minds and hearts of audiences like waves, Barker is a force to be reckoned with. This Canadian folk-soul artist takes listeners on an introspective journey, inviting them to connect deeply with their own emotions.
Barker has taken the stage at the Canadian Music Week, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Regina Folk Festival, North By Northeast, sākihiwē festival, and opened for Jeremy Dutcher’s sold-out performance at the Indian River Festival in PEI. After the release of her self-titled debut album, Barker took time to mindfully refine her artistry, embarking on a creative evolution, and emerging with a self-determine sound. Her forthcoming album is in honour of her metamorphosis into the musical powerhouse she is today and a promise that the tide will turn.
In addition to creating and performing music and as an act of reciprocity, Ila mentors emerging Indigenous artists in AIRsessions, her self-curated music workshop series.