Toronto, ON-based musician, Oliver James Brooks is thrilled to share the official music video for his latest single, “Two Best Friends”. Shot on super 8mm film. The natural grain and cinematic vibe fit incredibly well with this melancholic track.
Just like the song itself was recorded to tape the old way; this film was shot the old way too. Oliver James Brooks is very much into doing things analog or by hand, “I guess you could say I am not a big fan of technology unless it works.” The chorus in this song alludes to sitting on the couch, so it only felt right for him to be sitting on the couch for most of the film. If you’re wondering who his two best friends are, one makes an appearance and the other one-shot this film.
The song was recorded at Gavin Gardiner’s All Day Coconut studio in Toronto, Canada with the help of Jenny Toni (Dilly Dally) on bass, Gavin on the Wurlitzer as well as percussion, and Sachiko Burgin on backup vocals. Like most of his songs, Oliver James Brooks played the guitars and sang lead vocals. The tune was finished and mastered by Phil Demetro at Lacquer Channel Mastering.
Oliver James Brooks is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from small-town Ontario. For as long as he can remember, he’s been fiddling around on his dad’s old acoustic guitar and it wasn’t until about 5 years ago or so, that he started turning his “fiddlings” into songs.
Throughout the past couple of years, he’s been very lucky and has had the opportunity to work alongside some great folks in the music industry, played at IndieWeek 2019, radio airplay on CBC, and has been compared to the likes of Kurt Vile and Elliott Smith (two of his personal favorites) by Divide & Conquer.
His latest effort titled, Storm Chasing, is a 10-track studio album that will be released on November 12, 2021. It was written and recorded between September 2020 and February 2021 at Gavin Gardiner’s All Day Coconut studio in Toronto, Canada. Pretty much all of the sounds were captured using an old Tascam 388 8″ track tape machine, with the exception of a few overdubs here and there. The album itself kind of just came together, “the initial plan was to book some time at Gavin’s studio and if all went well more time would be booked,” explained Oliver. Not before too long, 10 songs were finished up and the album existed.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.