These last twelve months have been really fun and really productive for me, although much of what I did this year I haven’t released yet. Writing and recording songs for the Lovestreams album, and trying to keep that project intimate and personal, really changed something about the way that I work. I feel like a new person since making that album.
Today I’m putting out a video for another one of the Lovestreams songs. The song is called “There’s Video.” This is a shorter edit of it – maybe at some point in the future I’ll put out the longer version. I did this video with my close friend Scott Coffey, the actor and director. Scott was in a bunch of films including several John Hughes movies and several more David Lynch movies before graduating to directing with Ellie Parker in 2004. He shot this video on an early-generation DV camera, the same camera he’d used for that film, and it was already outdated then – with this weird early-digital video quality to the picture that manufacturers have since gotten away from, have improved on. Almost all of the effects are in-camera.
The beginning and end of the video happened under the Williamsburg bridge, this weird place where you can climb through a broken fence and crawl through trash and down through the branches of a fallen tree and get to this open room that’s underneath the street. There’s water pooled down there, and mud, and big black chains hanging from the ceiling where the room under the street opens up into a slightly larger space. The whole area reeks of seawater and sulphur. The rest of the video was shot on the street in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and in a friend’s bedroom, and in a bathroom.