Today’s video premiere features a lovely vocal melody and the warm voice of Ian Gothe. ‘Liezah’ was originally a jaunty, upbeat song by British band The Coral, chosen because it reminds Gothe of the time he spent living in the UK, just one stop in a life of travelling and searching for himself. With excellent musicianship and an engaging arrangement, Gothe makes the song his own. It’s taken from his 2020 album ‘Memento’, which intersperses inspired cover choices with original compositions, including songs written in his native Armenian.
American director Prince Bagdasarian (‘Abducted’, ‘Abstraction’) has created a cinematic video, shot on location around southern California. Gothe explains the concept: “In this video, I didn’t want the focus to be on me. I wanted it to be on the main character, Liezah, for which actress Katie Shorey did a great job. I wanted the video to be entertaining, to tell a fun short story. So I wrote the story of a modern-day Robin Hood.”
Producer, Jim Scott, pushed the multi-instrumentalist Gothe to experiment and to be ambitious. Gothe explains what is was like working together: “It was a pleasure working with Jim. It was Jim who asked me to play the electric sitar on this song. Another cool instrument that Jim had in his studio that we used on this song was a vintage marxophone. One more thing that I’m personally proud of in this video is the intro music that I played on the pedal harp.” Indeed, the various instruments that Gothe introduces add depth and texture, creating a rich sound to match his vocal. Enjoy.