On his new single/video “Part Time Lover,” singer/songwriter Matt Koelsch learns a hard lesson about the dangers of temporary love. Over its jaunty rhythm comprised of buoyant guitars punctuated by sharp horns and strings he tells the story of getting involved with a woman who is already quite involved with someone else. Caught up in the emotion and the thrill — complications inevitably arise — as both the song and music video make very clear. But albeit in rather surprising ways.
“Part time lover / She’s got a full time man / Bet he doesn’t love her, the way I can,” Koelsch wails over the staccato instrumentation. As he tries to do everything he can to convince himself what they’re doing is right, the song’s upbeat nature seems to agree with them. But there’s a somber note amidst the saxophones and horns — and especially when Koelsch gives his sad whistle solo about half-way through the song.
The music video for the song, directed by Aaron Erol Ozlevi, reveals a much different story unfolding within the lyrics of “Part Time Lover.” At first it appears we’re watching the song’s speaker greeting and spending a day swimming with his part time lover — but then she slaps him, leaves, and it’s not long before another girl reappears.
Over and over this continues as he moves through the same motions with every new woman, which starts to imply he might be the other man. That or Koelsch’s speaker is dating a lot of women with part time lovers of their own. Either way it’s a jam of a song!
Words by Steven Ward
Watch the music video for Matt Koelsch’s new single “Part Time Lover” below!