Believe it or not, music videos still exist. Sound Tracks trolls the internet to find the best and the worst of local artists’ new singles and the good, bad, or otherwise noteworthy visuals that accompany them.
What’s the best, most ingenious way to offset a song as cute as this one by a band as charming as Forest City Lovers in a video that’s so adorable you’ll watch it with your chin in your palms? Sing about doing things to trees. Sexually. It’s maybe the last thing you’d expect to hear out of Kat Burns’s mouth, but in “If I Were A Tree,” a song from their recently released 7″, she totally goes there. “If I were a tree I would give you wood/make you a dendrophiliac.” Google it.
On one of those amazing summer-like September afternoons (remember those?), Forest City Lovers recruited band friend (and Torontoist favourite) Colin Medley to join them in Dufferin Grove Park for an impromptu video shoot. With Jared Raab co-directing/shooting, a few cooperative passers-by, and some simple-but-effective post work, “If I Were A Tree” is a perfect template for doing it well, yourself, with limited resources, as opposed to some of our other favourite local bands whose recent visual output is somewhat underwhelming.
While Forest City Lovers finish the recording of their upcoming album, this addictive harmony-plied pop song and video are a suitable way to fill the new-material void. It’s so wholesome, this video could be a back-to-school ad. If only it weren’t for the mention of tree humping.