In “Off My Mind”, a pop-hiphop-edm hybrid tune by Affiliate, he makes the surface level message pretty self explanatory: there’s someone you should not be thinking about that you simply cannot get off your mind… But there’s more to it than that.
For example, he implies that we might be living in a simulation, because ultimately our thoughts control our actions and we do not control our thoughts. Additionally, he examines humankind’s relationship with nature, as well as different coping mechanisms for dealing with self doubt. The video also contains different pieces of symbolism with the three horses, the two fish, and the hour glass, as well as the fact that the song title is written on a door. Some elements of this symbolism are obvious, while others he leaves up to the viewer to interpret.
The chorus, “Cause I’ve been having trouble keeping you off my mind lately” is extremely relatable, catchy and saddening yet heartwarming at the same time. You can hear the sincerity, pain and self awareness in his voice. Affiliate’s artistry as a whole shines through this video, from his piano playing, composing, songwriting, and knack for different types of rhythms and sounds.
Overall, “Off My Mind” is a thoughtful and introspective tune that plucks at the heart strings while conjuring up a variety of emotions and thoughts. Click below to watch!