Aussie one-man show What So Not is following up last year’s debut Not All The Beautiful Things LP with his first single of 2019. The track, “We Can Be Friends,” is a stirring and sultry breakup ballad that draws on one his most powerful past chord progressions, making the new single feel like a sequel to the George Maple-assisted “Gemini.” The single also the vocal talents of burgeoning newcomer Herizen, whom he met at a writing camp in Nicaragua.
“On the first take, Herizen belted out the chorus over some chords I was playing,” What So Not notes. “We caught a moment and ran with it.”
Now What So Not comes to the fore with the tune’s official music video, which stars both artists anxiously juxtaposed singing out the song’s forward lyrics about moving on. The video’s aesthetic certainly matches this anxiety as well. Co-directed by Justin Frick and Corrin Evans, the filmmakers describe their aesthetic vision as:
“A visual landscape of reflections, projections and distortions to capture the feelings of unclarity and confusion that often plague us during times of pain… the inability to see things as they truly are. In the video, What So Not and Herizen are lost in their own minds and images of what could have been – or perhaps what actually is being experienced in another dimension.”
Photo Credit: Gage Sohler.