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Ben LaMar Gay drops visuals ahead of Open Arms to Open Us

The jazz musician has released a video for “Sometimes I Forget How Summer Looks on You,” an hypnotic new track featuring the Chicago band Ohmme. 

Ben LaMar Gay is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer and poet from Chicago. With more than five projects under his belt, his eclectic style ranges from jazz to electronic music and Brazilian inspired sounds. Following Confetti in the Sky Like Fireworks (This Is Bate Bola OST), released in 2019, he now returns with visuals for his new single, “Sometimes I Forget How Summer Looks on You,” featuring the rock band Ohmme. Filmed on a Chicago rooftop, the video is tinged with nostalgic colors and features women happily playing with jump ropes. The song’s hypnotic drums are coupled with LaMar Gay’s elegant poetry, which reaches a peak towards its end. “Sometimes I Forget How Summer Looks on You” is the first single from Open Arms to Open Us, scheduled for release on November 19. 

“Open Arms to Open Us is full of rhythm or information that will assist my young folk in dealing with the repetition of things that aim to harm them or stunt their holistic progression,” LaMar Gay writes about the album. “The title is a suggestion of a body movement that is used in many spiritual practices and is also a gesture that represents a type of understanding that leads to touch or a hug. The music is for dancing, reflecting, celebrating, bellowing, bawling, stimulation, focus and deciphering messages from loved ones here and beyond.”

Open Arms to Open Us, out November 19 via Anthem / Nonesuch Records.