Cam communes with nature and reconnects with an enduring symbol of her California childhood in “Redwood Tree,” the singer’s third release from her long-awaited sophomore album.
A propulsive meditation on the life lessons accompanying the swift passage of time, “Redwood Tree” was co-written by Cam with Anders Mouridsen and frequent collaborator Tyler Johnson, who produced the track. Symbols of community, communication and longevity — they often live well over 1,000 years — redwoods are common to California’s coastal forest, and can reach heights of nearly 400 feet. As a child, Cam didn’t have to travel far to find a personal connection with one.
“I grew up with a redwood tree in my backyard as my climbing tree,” she says. “Spent so many afternoons up there as a kid looking out and dreaming about the future. It feels like I’ve lived five lifetimes since then; I’ve done more than I can even remember. Still, part of me wishes I could’ve stayed put, to have that time at home.”
“Redwood Tree” follows the February release of “Till There’s Nothing Left,” a swaggering and sensuous track accompanied by a cinematic video that features an apocalytic climax to the action. By comparison, the sweet clip for “Redwood Tree,” directed by Lior Molcho, takes a more handmade approach, the silhouettes of young Cam and her parents — and grown-up Cam and her own child — marking the passing of the years, which, to the redwood represent mere minutes in its own lifespan. Majestic in its own distinct way, it’s the “Burning House” singer’s vocal that stands out, conveying fortitude laced with vulnerability and a message to live in the moment.
“My voice has gotten so strong,” Cam told Rolling Stone Country earlier this year. “That has always been the element I want to be the most emotive, and the reason you get drawn in and believe me, and believe that it’s your story too, and get to connect with it.”
Also featuring “Diane,” her single-that-should-have-been-a-major-hit, Cam’s second album is expected later this year.