WATCH: Max Swan Finds That ‘Heaven is a Slow Jail’

It’s official: Max Swan needs nothing more than his silky smooth voice, a few trombones, and some compelling visuals to capture our imaginations.

The classically-trained, Philadelphia-based electrosoul artist released the music video for “Slow Jail,” the title track from his forthcoming album, due out this Friday, October 29. The tune — and album — is a tribute to lost loved ones. Its title was inspired by a transformative dream in which Swan was approached by one of the departed, who offered the phrase, “heaven is a slow jail.”

“It was just my mind, but it was powerful. The message didn’t confuse me as much as it impressed me with its beauty — heaven is a slow jail,” says Swan. “I wrote this album as a testament and a thank you to them.”

Rich, angelic harmonies repeat the phrase as a refrain on “Slow Jail,” as the visuals show Swan paddling a kayak down a river, appearing in desperate search of something or someone. His journey carries into the night when, at last, he finds himself at a campfire, standing face to face with the one he was looking for all along.

We don’t want to give too much away, because you need to experience this video for yourself. It was directed by Chris White, and it’s here for you below!

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