Jamestown Revival Wander the Wild in “Love Is a Burden”

New Album The Education of a Wandering Man Available Oct. 7

When it comes to making music, there is always going to be that pressure to make it the best the world has ever heard. Sometimes giving into those thoughts can feel like carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders across an endless, scorching hot desert.

That kind of pressure inspired Jamestown Revival’s Zach Chance and Jonathan Clay to write the anthemic lead single “Love Is a Burden” from their sophomore album The Education of a Wandering Man, which lands Friday (Oct. 7). It plays out like a metaphor for a relationship with a biting tambourine and sonic allusions of the Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down.”

“We had experienced so many really overwhelming things from the time we released Utah,” Chance said on a call with Clay from home in Austin, Texas. “And ‘California’ took us places I don’t think we ever really imagined. Oddly enough while we were making the record, we just wanted to compare everything to it and it really messed with our heads for a while. I think once we realized we’re not going to make the same record, we wrote ‘Love is a Burden’ vocalizing that to ourselves.”

For a timeless Ansel Adams theme, the director Paul Pryor shot the video in cinematic black and white under the blazing hot sun in California’s Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

“It is so hot there you feel like you can’t breathe,” Clay said. “I’m from Texas so I know some heat. But my gosh, that was another level. It was Paul’s idea to go shoot it out there. He’s very much an outdoorsman and a naturalist, and we’ve got to give credit to him for capturing that.”

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