The music video of “New Highs” by alternative pop-soul trio of Mercury was shot in the iconic skate part of Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, United States. Based in Los Angeles, Garrett Hoffman directed the video, which serves as the perfect embodiment of the song’s message.
“We wanted to showcase the process, including the ups and downs (and falls) that skaters go through on a day-to-day basis,” Hoffman shared. Watch the “New Highs” music video here:
Named for Venice, Italy, Venice Beach was founded in 1905 by Abbot Kinney. The neighborhood will host skateboarding and 3×3 basketball during the 2028 Summer Olympics.
Released in April 2022, “New Highs” is a collaboration with Chinese breakthrough producer Crazy Donkey. The song was co-written by Jesper Borgen, a multi-platinum award-winning songwriter who has been responsible for writing hits from the likes of Alan Walker and Bebe Rexha.
After dropping “New Highs”, of Mercury pivots toward a more experimental direction on its new extended play titled “CHANGIN’ Volume 2“, which was released under Sony Music Philippines.
Embracing genre-melding tunes with fresh, innovative production, “CHANGIN’ Volume 2” sets the stage for a groovy kind of trip. Co-produced by former of Mercury member knōwmaad, the EP features three tracks that are rendered with amazing level of detail.
The three-part release includes “STRESSES“, a soulful, electro-pop anthem that is punctuated by retro-modern grooves and heavy 808 bass. The other two are “ENERGY“, a club jam that articulates the frustration of wanting to enact changes within a retrogressive system and “CHOLULA (Cut You Loose)”, a feel-good bop with laid-back funk influences.
“In this whole process, we explored new elements that we haven’t tried before,” of Mercury said in a statement. “Lyrics-wise, all the songs are different from each other.”
To promote the “New Highs” music video and gear up for the release of “CHANGIN’ Volume 2,” of Mercury hosted a pop-up skate gig at Chibz Resto Bar in Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 27, 2022. Attended by outdoor sports enthusiasts, influencers and music fans, the event featured skateboard activities in the afternoon and performances by electronic producer Zelijah, rising hip-hop artist Young Cocoa and of Mercury.