In January, Denver pop-rock band One Flew West released its video for single "Had It All," an increasingly absurd, dark parody on '90s-sitcom credits inspired by the viral short film "Too Many Cooks." For its next video, for the song "These Old Bones," premiering right here, right now, the band took a more contemplative direction, one that focuses on lyrics and details.
While "Had It All" featured various members of the band in drag or pretending to kill each other, this video, shot and edited by Lucas Flores of Boulder, doesn't show anyone's face. The camera zooms in on the tender and elegiac lyrics, which are punched out on a vintage typewriter — with impressively few typos! — by frontman Linden Jackson's fingers. At another point in the video, those same hands pour out a glass of Bulleit bourbon. The setting, in the basement of Denver's Bellwether Club coffeehouse/bar, also checks boxes of a low-key hipster aesthetic — exposed brick, blue neon and dangling lightbulbs — while creating a warm, thoughtful mood.
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This is the second video release of the year for One Flew West, winner of the 2015 Westword Music Award for Best Folk Band, and the group is promising new material and a tour for summer 2016. The band headlines Hodi's Half Note in Fort Collins on Saturday, April 2.
Watch the premiere of One Flew West's "These Old Bones" below.