The opening moments of “All Comes Back”—the latest song from tireless Milwaukee artist Klassik—get straight to the point. “Well it all comes back you know,” Klassik croons over an urgent metronome beat. “You can run, you can hide, but in time your hand will show.” Less than 30 seconds in, it’s clear what’s on Klassik’s mind.
The video for “All Comes Back,” however, reveals that things maybe aren’t as clear as they seem. Crisp black and white footage of Klassik sitting on a beach and staring off into the magic-hour distance is interspersed with (and sometimes combined with) hazy footage of the artist barely illuminated by a bonfire. Directed by Klassik and Rakim Wil, and edited by Samer Ghani, the four-minute clip is a study in “make-it-look-easy” efficiency and delicious ambiguity.
“All Comes Back” is the first single from Klassik’s upcoming LP Working Klass. The album will cap a busy period for the artist; in the last 18 months alone, Klassik has released a video for “Black Holiday,” created a “Bucks In 6” song, taken part in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s “Spotlight Sessions” series, and been the subject of a book.
“You think life is just a game and you’ve been counting cards this whole time,” Klassik sings in “All Comes Back.” “But it’s funny, can’t nobody count on you.” Happily, Milwaukee can count on him.
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