Prepare yourself for the most stunningly simplistic wonderland you shall ever see.
In this Jake Schreier directed visual, Francis and The Lights (Francis Farewell Starlite) introduces us to one of his beautiful pieces of music “Friends,” which features some of his own friends such as the indie band Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, and the G.O.O.D. Music founder Kanye West!
I know what you’re thinking. Bon Iver and Kanye West in the same sentence?! Never. But yes, together they have become a part of Francis’s beautiful escapade, dancing and singing to a whimsical tune that is dreamy and otherworldly. This entire music video was a large collaborative effort of talented and artistic minds. The song itself was written by Rostam Batmanglij, which some of you may know as a member of the former eclectic indie-pop band Vampire Weekend. The track was then produced by a multitude of minds from Cashmere Cat, to Benny Blanco, to Ariel Rechtshaid.
The choreography is strange, awkward, and dazzling. The music is contagious. The sounds of the synths and vocals are infectious and nostalgic. The lighting is perfection between shadows and extreme exposure. The environment is plain, boxy, and fascinating. One word to best describe this exposé is extraordinarily schizophrenic- in the best possible way. It is also interesting seeing the Chicago-rapper being so solemn for once compared to the usual controversial and epic ventures he is displaying for the general public.
This is not the only joint work the New York artist has come across. He has also been a coveted collaborator for the likes of Chance the Rapper and Frank Ocean. In fact, if you weren’t able to notice it, this song is actually what was sampled in Chance’s “Summer Friends” track off his hit beloved album, Coloring Book. The rapper was nothing but grateful to Francis for allowing him to use that segment in his song before he was ever able to show his own track to the world. How generous! You can see in the tweet below, Chance humbled by the grace of Francis’ generosity.
In addition, according to Consequence of Sound, Vernon has actually had a chance to work with West in the past back to when the hip hopper was working on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
In this single, you can feel the summer vibes of friendship flow between the air around. It’s literally the sounds of children and choirs and birds and sunshine and all things good and positive, while still remaining as down-to-earth as possible.
If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself pressing play on the video above, and then repeating that another 20 times because you just can’t get enough. So what are you waiting for? Press that Ye button now and let’s get friendly! (And don’t forget to let us know what you think.)