Video: Mike Sempert, ‘Finest Line’


Signer-songwriter Mike Sempert’s solo debut “Mid Dream” sparkles with deeply affecting narratives, elegant yet plain-spoken in their almost handcrafted feel. One of the album’s finest, “Finest Line,” gets a video treatment from Justin Frahm and Greg Gheorghiu that is steeped in symbolism. Filmed on San Francisco’s windswept Ocean Beach, the video speaks to the cyclical pull of romance – whether you’re being reeled in or doing the reeling – and the equally powerful allure of finding a (lamp-lit) home. Sempert, who fronted the Bay Area band Birds & Batteries before relocating to L.A., said he cherished the chance to return to his old haunts to make the video: “It captures much of the magic I felt throughout the weekend.”

||| Live: Mike Sempert plays June 28 at the Viper Room and Aug. 16 at the Bootleg.

||| Previously: “Oceans of Rock and Roll”