Premiere: Contemplating Life & Legacy with Belle Mt.’s “Origins” Video

Belle Mt.’s heart-shaking “Origins” and its Mustashrik-produced video open our eyes to living with purpose on both an individual and a societal level.

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So much of our lives are spent on auto-pilot, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We can live consciously from day-to-day, actively prioritizing those who matter most and making sure our actions and behaviors align with our beliefs and goals. Belle Mt.’s heart-shaking “Origins” and its Mustashrik-produced video open our eyes to living with purpose on both an individual and a societal level.

Origins - Belle Mt

Origins – Belle Mt.

You’re always trying to put things right
I always fight to win the fight
at any cost, at any price
one of the many flaws of mine
and i don’t tell you quite enough
how many of the things I love
trace a path right back to you
and the origins of us

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering the music video for “Origins,” Belle Mt.’s (pronounced “bell-mont”) first single of 2019 (produced by Grammy award-winning producer Femke Weidema and released June 28, 2019 via Tone Tree Music). The London-based musical project of songwriter and lead singer Matt Belmont, Belle Mt. harnesses a clean, cinematic pop/rock sound to express musings on life, death, love, transience, being, and so much more.

Inspired by the aftermath of a car crash in which Belmont and everyone involved came out unscathed, but both cars were totaled, “Origins” muses on the many little things that we can get so caught up in from day to day. “It made me think of home and family and the pointless arguments and fallouts we all have from time to time, how insignificant they are in the balance of a lifetime,” Belmont says of the crash. “This song talks about those relationships, about my own flaws within them and how in life and love, in the end we should either be all-in or we should be all-out because we don’t have endless time.”

In just a matter of minutes
just a matter of time
when we’re only dancing on a lifeline
and its the fate of the living
to be gone in a minute
Oh we could save ourselves and run
or we could stay right here and hold on
throw to the fire all the things that we’ve done
don’t fight the war, love, cause nobody wins
and nobody won
Belle Mt. © 2019

Belle Mt. © 2019

Belle Mt. © 2019

Belle Mt. © 2019

Produced by visual artist Mustashrik, the “Origins” music video is a beautifully expressive hand-drawn animation of togetherness, love, and continuity. We watch as two scientists embark “on a mission to launch a repopulation ‘arc’ to nearby habitable worlds in order to preserve life,” according to the artist. Perfectly complementing Belle Mt.’s message of hope and love, the video helps to elevate the song’s nuanced focus on connection and the importance of focusing on the people who matter the most. Mustashrik – who recently made animations for Ed Sheeran’s live show – transforms “Origins” into an otherworldly emotional experience of humanity and intimate depth.

Atwood Magazine recently dove deeper into the music, video, and message of Belle Mt.’s “Origins” with Matt Belmont: Watch the video exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and explore the ins and outs of the moving visual below!

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“ORIGINS” WITH BELLE MT.

Atwood Magazine: How did this song come about, and what does it mean to you?

Belle Mt.: I wrote “Origins” with my producer in Nashville the day after I had crashed a hire-car in Atlanta. I was in a weird headspace where although things had turned out ok (aside from the 2 totaled rental cars) – everyone walked away from the crash with only bruises – I was quite shaken up could only think of how bad things could have been. After the crash I had called my girlfriend and she’d then told my parents, I found out that both she and my mum had burst into tears when they talked about the crash and saw the pictures from the wreck. It made me think of home and family and the pointless arguments and fallouts we all have from time to time, how insignificant they are in the balance of a lifetime. This song talks about those relationships, about my own flaws within them and how in life and love, in the end we should either be all-in or we should be all-out because we don’t have endless time.

Who created this video, and what is its backstory?

Belle Mt.: The video was created by an incredible animation artist – Mustashrik – who reached out and connected with me via Instagram having heard some Belle Mt. songs on a Spotify playlist. We met up in London and discussed video concepts and ideas while I showed him a bunch of new songs, including “Origins.” This song really captured his imagination and he created this beautiful video which reframes the concept of the song; from being tied up in my own personal story, to being a wider story of the human race and our current climate challenges. It asks the question of where will this lead and will our final legacy be a positive one or a negative one, ultimately the message of the video is a beautiful one.

Belle Mt.


How do you feel the video contrasts from the song, and what does it add to the experience?

Belle Mt.: I just think it’s an inspired work of art in its own right. I love the way that art inspires art in this perpetual cycle, so to see it happening before my eyes with Musta’ and this video was captivating. Seeing the work he has put into the video, I hope it can reach the audience that it deserves and I hope we can work together again in future.

How does “Origins” and especially the video capture where Belle Mt. is today in your career?

Belle Mt.: Sound wise, “Origins” is more energetic and hard hitting than the last release “Hydra,” I think the video captures this energy really well. It’s a crazy thing that we’ve reached the point where an artist like Musta reached out to us to offer his services and not the other way around. His most recent clients include Ed Sheeran and Elvis Costello so it’s great that he wanted to put his time into a Belle Mt. song.

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com