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For Those I Love’s music video for ‘I Have A Love’ is a moving tribute to friendship

For Those I Love’s music video for ‘I Have A Love’ is a moving tribute to friendship

I’ve been waiting on this one.

Ever since For Those I Love’s debut album released independently on Bandcamp last year tore up my musical year in 2019, the promise of a release on a label that could help get the word out was a positive outcome from a release that explores grief, loss and friendship in such uncompromising, revealing and beautiful ways.

A couple of weeks ago, David Balfe dropped a mixtape / radio show of sorts – Into A World That Doesn’t Understand it, Unless You’re From It signalling the album might be imminent.

While the album release date isn’t here just yet, the video for the album opening track ‘I Have A Love’ has arrived. Directed by Balfe, whose monochrome style is familiar to the videos he made for Burnt Out way back, the video for the song establishes the love and respect that Balfe has for his friend who passed, the poet and musician Paul Curran, and his group of friends in general.


It’s beautiful to see those previous audio clips scattered among the songs come out in full video form and with a colourful warmth. The result, accompanied by archive dated titles dating back to 2006, give us a personal window into a group of lads’ friendship.

Podcast Special: For Those I Love – Finding hope in grief & friendship

Dave says of the single:

The art is all we ever had.
The books, the tunes, the films.
Since we were kids it was the foundation of our love. It was the path towards hope.

Ya grow older and feel as cold as ya did when you were hiding from the brutality of the world. And the only peace you find is in the songs you make with your mates. 

When it happened, and life froze over, the only way out was through the songs.
How else can I show my love, how else can I remember what we had and what we made, but through the art itself.

I have a love,
And it never fades,
And neither will you, Paul

The self-titled debut album from For Those I Love will arrive later this year on September Recordings.


 

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