My thoughts on "Cool Down" (track + mv)
The song did not come as a surprise as we've already heard it in some of James' performances in the past, but hearing it in high fidelity for the first time in it's entirety still gave me the chills. OPM mainstream has always been leaning towards "baduy" for me but I think that's about to change. Our guy Hayme channels The Weeknd but still maintains his very own flavor. This is the kind of music that pinoy listeners deserve.
The music video was a revelation of how much artistry James (& his collaborators) has put into his music. The subtle hints in the video obliges the viewer to think beyond the obvious. I love how it wasn't indulging the fans just by putting both James and Nadine in the entire video and doing their thing, cooling down in a pool, to make the fans kilig like most of their old videos. I mean, he could've gone the same way as Zayn's Pillowtalk but he's starting it slow and doing it right. And building up to something climactic perhaps in IL2LU? Oh, the bigaon in me. Anyway, it is a mark of a real and significant change in the direction James wants his career to go. The music video was telling a story the way he wants it to be told. And obviously, he doesn't care if it attracts some negative comments from the narrow-minded audience because he wants to tell it his way. Because it is his story to tell... and I can barely wait to see/hear the rest of it. 🌴🌴🌴 #palmdreams #cooldown #jamesreid #jadine