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Wesley Joseph’s stream of consciousness flows in “Martyrs” video

Monks also joins the British artist.

April 30, 2020

In his second single "Martyrs," Wesley Joseph shares the deeper musings one has when laying down and looking up at the ceiling. Over the slow-moving melody as if it was from a dream, Joseph questions what is truly valuable, finding peace, and the heaviness of death that plagues the youth. Monks also chimes in on the second verse with his own saddened thoughts, and as a result, "maybe your heartbeat is now in tremolo."

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Joseph also directed the video which features fellow OG Horse members including Jorja Smith. The visuals show all walks of life signifying that the worst can strike anyone at any time. He explained in an email the inspiration for the video as he made the beat: "The moment I played the chords I saw deep blues and two angelic figures on a boat. Eventually that night I came up with the narrative of two angels floating through a ’voodoo’ underworld en route to a gathering for the loss of a life in the parallel world we know. Shortly after I started seeing a narrative for the ‘real world’ and it expanded into the video as we know it, with different characters that represent key human emotions and moments in life."

Photo: Nathaniel Joseph

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Wesley Joseph’s stream of consciousness flows in “Martyrs” video