X Ambassadors released a simple music video for their latest single, "Ahead of Myself." The video features the band walking through the tree-fringed streets of Rochester, New York, led by lead singer Sam Harris. The main highlight of the video isn't actually the visual, though - instead, it's the song itself, and specifically the vocals. Instead of using the studio version of the vocals, the video features a live version of Sam's vocals, capturing him singing through the streets of Rochester. The video begins with Sam singing solo as the guitar slowly crescendos. By the time the video really gets going, the full instrumental has joined with Sam's singing.
As I was watching the video the first time around, I didn't really realize that the vocals were live because of how impressively close to the studio version they are. Toward the end of the video, Sam Harris begins to diverge from from the studio vocal, harmonizing and vocalizing around the original version. This reaches a peak at the very end of the song when Harris hits a falsetto high. People may be freaking out about Zayn's high note in "Dusk Till Dawn," but honestly, it doesn't even compare to this one - Sam's high note in this video definitely gave me chills.
In addition to releasing and music videos for their upcoming album, X Ambassadors is looking forward to Cayuga Sound Festival, the festival they put together for their hometown of Ithaca, New York. Next week, the festival will see artists like The Roots, K. Flay, Jukebox the Ghost, and of course X Ambassadors, take the stage. Check out the interview we did last month with Sam Harris, where we talked about putting together this festival, their upcoming album, and speaking up for what you believe in.