Music Monday Special! Wanna hear some bass clarinet riffs?? (+ flute, guitar, bass, drum kit, tambourine, and vocals??) Swipe to watch the music video for “Brother True”, which was SO MUCH FUN to make! I love that I got to play 6 instruments, be in my studio, film with my next door neighbors who I admire and adore, and just plain experiment! Thank you @jwest20011 and @arielquest for being so generous with your time and creativity in showing what my writing/recording process is like! Ya'll are amazing!
ABOUT THE VIDEO: Acclaimed artist and filmmaker Jennifer West (LACMA, Whitney, Seattle Art Museum, Tate Modern, ICA London, PICA, etc) and her daughter, Ariel West (attending Bard College in NY this fall), collaborated to make the “Brother True” music video for La Louma. They used their personal collection of cameras to create a rich textural feast of video and film grain and distortion — ranging from color and black-and-white Super 8 film to VHS, MiniDV and Flip footages — in order to mirror how La Louma’s Lauren Ross played, recorded, and mixed every musical element. Shot entirely in Lauren’s garage in true DIY fashion, the video captures the essence of her all-over-the-place energy. Neighbors in Highland Park in Los Angeles, Jennifer and Lauren met one day over the backyard fence when discovering they had both lived in Olympia, Washington and were forever bonded based on their love of and history with the DIY ethos.
ABOUT THE SONG: My poor mental health led to me writing “Brother True”, but later it was my newfound stability that gave me the strength to release it. It was the very first song I wrote when I set up my garage studio in LA 4 years ago. My inner life was in closeted turmoil and I hadn’t yet fully addressed my mental health issues, so it felt natural to secretly write this rather schizophrenic song about a phone call I had had on one of the worst nights of my life. On the recording, my voice plays three roles: myself, the person on the other line, and my subconscious. When I sing this song now, I remember how desperate and broken I used to feel, and am so incredibly grateful to now be on antidepressants and have turned my life around.