Johannesburg-based singer-songwriter, Lee Cole, has been steadily making his musical presence known one pristinely-produced pop song at a time.
Still riding the wave of success his last heart-wrenching single “I Don’t Wanna Wait” achieved, charting high on 947 (peaking in the Top 10) Heart FM (climbing the Top 40), KFM and East Coast Radio, Lee has returned with “Pink Dragons”, a sunny ode to a relationship worth saving.
“The melody really stood out to me and because of its upbeat nature and the melody just lent itself to positive and uplifting lyrics. At that stage, with the full song being fleshed out I recorded the song in my bedroom and got to work producing it. The whole song was a very different experience for me because I had never used a guitar as a lead instrument before,” Lee explains when asked about the construction of his latest single.
At its core, this follow up single is a musically lighter, and visually brighter video release that sees him turn a different sonic corner, set for the same triumphant success as “I Don’t Wanna Wait”.
Directed and shot by Dream Media, and produced by John Degrazio, the video for “Pink Dragons” paints a light and airy pastel-hued picture of a protagonist who’s fighting for his relationship, regardless of the few bumps it seems to have hit.
“The director and I sat down and discussed the vision and direction for the video back in April, and in our discussions we both settled on imagery that was bright and arty, yet very abstract. The director conceptualised the ideas of the balloons and hands to go hand-in-hand with the very specific and descriptive nature of the lyrics,” Lee explains when questioned about the fashioning of the video’s narrative alongside Dream Media.
With vocal influences ranging from rock titans Queen and AC/DC, to pop icon Michael Jackson, Lee Cole’s sound has been shaped by the multiple genres that he’s taken in over the years, resulting in a pop-rooted sound that’s flecked with his unique vocal stylings and “Pink Dragons” is the culmination of all of these elements.