For his “Friends Of Mine” video Ben Browning rewinds time to catch up with some old friends. Directed by NY-based filmmakers Trouble Hands, the video was shot in a six-room, 500-square-foot 1920s beach bungalow. As the camera spins a cast of characters cycle through their daily routines, repeating the same acts, again and again—preparing a meal, stacking books, pacing back and forth on the phone (a fitting cameo from Alex Karpovsky of Girls)—like a snagged needle in a locked groove. Ben watches on as things get surreal, walking through the rooms of the house, as if recreating a modern take on “It’s A Wonderful Life” (by way of share-house classic "Dogs In Space”). Repetitive sure, but even in such tight quarters these Friends don’t cramp your style.
Directed by Trouble Hands
Cinematography by Matthew Schroeder
AC Alexandra Stergiou
Starring Alex Karpovsky, Adinah Dancyger, Iva Gocheva, Lauren Isabeau, Cynthia Stanley,
Edited by Brenden Beecy
Color by Roman Hankewycz at Harbor Picture Company
Choreography by Cynthia Stanley
Art Direction by Jason Evans
Cut Copy bassist Ben Browning issued his debut solo full-length, Turns, earlier this month. Now, he's given one of the new songs the visual treatment by rolling out of a clip for "Friends of Mine."
In the video for this twinkling synth-pop, we see Browning looking impassive as the camera spins around a cramped house in which some friends go about their daily routine. It's cinematically shot, and Browning takes some photos with a disposable camera (remember those?) before breaking the routine and leaving the house.
It was directed by Trouble Hands.
Turns is out on Yellow Year Records.