Directed by P. Tracy, the clip follows a young couple that falls in love in the midst of the summer. The seasons begin to change around the couple as they reminisce upon the good times they had together.
Rhett is also featured in the clip as he plays piano throughout the changing seasons.
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“Slow Down Summer” was written by Rhett alongside frequent collaborators Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure, Sean Douglas and his father Rhett Akins during a writing retreat in Montana.
Produced by Dann Huff and Jesse Frasure, the song serves as the lead single off the country superstar’s forthcoming sixth studio album, Where We Started, due in early 2022.
“I wrote this song from the point of view of two people who are in love during senior year of high school,” Rhett explains. “I envisioned them headed off to different schools and they’re starting to understand that the moment the weather starts to change, they’ve got a 99-percent chance this relationship is not going to work. I know that myself and a lot of people have been there before, wishing the fireworks stage doesn’t have to end.”
While the song was written about a summer romance, Rhett said releasing it in the fall just felt right.
“We recorded it and got in the studio, and it just felt like a lead single off of a record. And I know a lot of people are like, why are you puttin’ out a song called ‘Slow Down Summer’ in November? You know, the song really is a kind of a cold weather song. It’s more talking about, like we know that the weather is getting cold or we know the leaves are changing. We know that summer is exiting and fall is coming in. And so, I think ‘Slow Down Summer’ is a really cool song, and I think a great way to lead this record off,” he shares.