The man behind the SJD acronym — Sean James Donnelly — has been both a solo dance/pop-rock act, and part of a live six-piece band. ‘Beautiful Haze' and ‘I Wrote This Song For You' were heard widely after being licensed for television ad campaigns. Seven albums to date, characterised by inventive and eclectic songwriting (including Songs from a Dictaphone and Saint John Divine) were capped with the 2013 Taite Music Prize for album Elastic Wasteland.
A stoic Sean James Donnelly carries on singing while facing an aerial barrage of feathers, fruit, toys and worse, in this dreamy after dark video, directed by globetrotting commercials maker Lawrence Blankenbyl. The calm amidst chaos music clip captures the wistful essence of the song, which preaches rebellion in the chorus, and going with the flow in the verse. 'A Beautiful Haze' is taken from SJD's fourth album Songs from a Dictaphone (2007), which reached number 11 on the Kiwi music charts.
Musical shapeshifter SJD (short for Sean James Donnelly) released second album Lost Soul Music in 2001, early in a career that has seen him blending synthesisers, backwards voices, and a love of melody — all while working to ensure that each new album heads somewhere different from the last. His vocal on single 'A Boy' shows echoes of Beck, an artist some have cited as an influence. Co-directed by his brother Kieran and Dominic Taylor, the music video mixes lively, childlike animation with shimmering images of an unusual room and the boy inside...whose head is often a blur.