Pocketful of Sand (single)


  1. Pocketful of Sand

The story behind Pocketful of Sand

The story of this new single started many years ago when a girl was given sand. Not in her hand but in her shoe. Rather than a cheeky gesture the intention was to make a memory. And indeed it did.

The sketch work you will see in the Pocketful of Sand music video took place in one sitting. The images reflect a storyboard I provided to South Korean artist Jun (“Sean”), Sung Hyun. I spent months trawling the internet to find a ‘visual language’ with which to speak to Sean so that images in my mind’s eye when writing the song could come to life…. For a full background to the making of Pocketful of Sand, watch this 10-minute video.

Here is the original Pinterest Storyboard if you’d like to see the original concept.


Album Reviews

Pocketful Of Sand is the long awaited release from songwriter extraordinaire Kathy Muir. This delicate, piano-led folk song offers a minimalist approach to expression and presents just a few lines of thoughtful lyricism throughout the whole recording; for listeners to take on and attach meaning to in their own unique way. The accompanying video for the song adds a striking level of imagery that re-emphasises each of these lines beautifully. All in all you get a contemplative, part hopeful part melancholy piece of music and writing.

Jun “Sean” Sung Hyun is the artist behind the single sitting video, a creative whose sketches brought to life the images desperate to emerge from Kathy Muir’s mind as she wrote the song. The two art forms go together superbly, a perfect match in fact; the video is a peaceful and enjoyable visual outpouring that feeds further into the concept of this pocketful of sand, this pocketful of something that can’t long be held or kept whole in its initial physical state.

The song itself is a gentle and notably organic piece of music. The simplicity of the instrumentation pays tribute to the value of reflective and honest songwriting – nothing fancy is needed, nothing flashy or over the top. The song alone and the artist’s emotional exploration of it, throughout the performance, does the ideas and the melody more than enough justice. The sound has a freshness and slight vulnerability about it, something likely to intrigue most listeners, and yet the familiarity of Kathy Muir’s voice and musical style steps forward almost instantly when the track and video begin to play. As mentioned, it’s a long-awaited release, and a welcome return.
Rebecca Cullen, Stereo Stickman
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