Toronto-based folk-rock singer-songwriter Oliver James Brooks unveils the visuals for "Two Best Friends," a track from his upcoming album, Storm Chasing, slated for release November 12.
"Two Best Friends" celebrates Brooks real-life besties: his partner, Kiyomi, and Baby, their cat. Brooks explains, "Do you ever wish that time would stand still, and you could live in one moment forever? Well, I do, and that is what this song is about."
Recorded at Gavin Gardiner's All Day Coconut studio in Toronto, "Two Best Friends" was recorded the old way – on tape. The video followed suit, being shot on Super 8mm film. "I guess you could say I am not a big fan of technology unless it works," shares Brooks.
Brooks got started in music, messing around on his dad's acoustic guitar, yet only in the last five years did he begin writing original songs, leading to performing at IndieWeek, along with airplay on CBC.
Along with Brooks (vocals, guitar), the song features the talents of Jenny Toni (bass), Gavin Gardiner (Wurlitzer, percussion), and Sachiko Burgin (vocals). Phil Demetro of Lacquer Channel Mastering mastered the track.
"Two Best Friends" rolls out on gentle, gleaming colours topped by Brooks' hushed, haunting voice. For some reason, the song summons up memories of Gordon Lightfoot, glowing softly and pushing forth creamy textures, at once alluring and oh so graceful.