Joe Dixon’s tender video for the new Black Books’ song The Big Idea shows a romantic evening between a lonely man and his painted thumb. Having created his date’s perfect skin tone, big blue eyes and cascading golden locks, we follow the man and his hand’s coy conversation. They enjoy a Lady and the Tramp-inspired dinner for two, with the spaghetti carefully slurped between a red lipped finger and thumb. Then, after a shared (and impressively exhaled) cigarette by the fire, the couple twirl to a Roy Orbison track. But as his shadow plays across the floral wallpaper, a woman’s shadow joins the man’s.
“You can have anything that you want”, goes the gently rousing chorus of the Texan’s band’s nostalgic ballad, “Take it from me, no one said it was easy.” With Dixon’s deft touch, what could have been a sentimental joke is instead a moving tale about loss that’s guaranteed to make you smile.