Fyodor Dostoyevsky probably never imagined his classic novel, Crime and Punishment, would be condensed into a music video filmed in Birmingham, Alabama. However, musical prodigy, Austin Motlow, along with English partner Paige Russell, cleverly managed to capture the essence of the great writer’s heart.

Honey and ML Davis followed Motlow and Russell to eclectic spots around downtown Birmingham to acquire the perfect footage for the project. High school English assignments are usually not given much thought and effort, but these are not your ordinary students. The two co-wrote the song and Motlow played the music, laying tracks of several instruments from guitars, banjo, piano, drums and upright bass. He also produced the video with help from ML Davis.

Musically and visually Motlow captured the dominant themes of the book, isolation, poverty, confinement, and ultimately love and redemption.

He isn’t new to writing music. Motlow has penned the majority of tunes his band performs around Birmingham. Be sure and look for him to make a splash in the music world with his indie band in the near future.

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