Thomas Ouziel and Brad Rundblade are two musicians who at a young age immersed themselves into all aspects of art. As a sound designer and screenwriter, respectively, their music is heavily influenced by their cinematic backgrounds. The two first met on the set of a music video in Los Angeles, where they currently live, and they discovered they had a mutual interest in creating music and began working on a number of songs. After a period, they had written enough material for an album and Emerald Portal was born.
With a mission to create engaging music that transports listeners into the stories they weave, they’re hard at work on three separate concept albums. But first, is their new EP, Trouble In Paradise, and with it comes their new single and video for All The Running. In the Roger Liew video, we follow Rundblade and his son from their home to the vast desert where brilliant stars with their own unique stories await. As the stars gaze down and adorn the open land, open minds, and open hearts, fluttering guitars soar and climax into wonderous glory.
Emerald Portal provided some insight for the single:
“The general theme of this song is the dichotomy between city life and the calmness/beauty of nature and contemplating the resulting feelings of some of the confinements of social norms created from being mice in a cage. Being out in nature is a great reminder that it’s all a social construct, and that true value comes from within and from the personal satisfaction of doing things you love and feel strongly about. Using the relationship of Brad and his son as conduits for this theme for the video works really well for us.”