Boy Willows (real name: Landon Fleischman), who's known for his experimental folk-pop, pairs perfectly with Minnette of the band Wallows. Their song acts as a therapy session between the two friends as they cope with being alone in their own respective ways. And the accompanying video, premiering on PAPER, builds off these ideas.
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"When Landon asked whether I'd be willing to meet at 6 in the morning in 91 degree heat, build a bed, put on a furry coat and spin around profusely, I was down immediately," Minnette said. "I'd do anything for that sweet man. I will say, I was proud of myself for not getting too dizzy. Landon got it pretty rough after a couple takes. [Director Seannie Bryan] and I were trying to encourage Landon to puke, but he couldn't."
As Minnette puts it, the video — shot by Bryan and edited by Jordan Pories — features the two artists playing outside and spinning wildly in furry coats. The vision, as told by Boy Willows, was to be dreamy and light — full of introspection but at the same time, connection.
"Dylan and I were carrying my shitty lavender-painted ikea bed up a hill," Boy Willows said of conceiving the video. "It broke apart 2 feet away from where we were supposed to put it. We looked up at each other and started laughing. Right then I knew we'd be able to capture what I was after."
Minette continued, "Alas, the video is finished and it's beautiful, and I'm very happy that we were able to get it done, 'cause I love it. Watching it will always put a smile on my face because that was such a fun morning."
Watch the PAPER premiere of "Fila" and stream the track, below.
Photo courtesy of Seannie Bryan