Nashville’s Harpooner brings carefree childhood nostalgia to life in his new video for “You’re My Best Friend,” a single from his upcoming album In Two Minds – out April 30th via Cold Lunch Recordings.
Songwriter Scott Schmadeke has been crafting melodic chamber pop with a sprinkle of country under the Harpooner umbrella since the release of their debut 7” Speed in 2014.
Originally hailing from Bloomington, Indiana, Schmadeke moved to Nashville where he became a frequent player in the local scene, serving as a touring member of Houndmouth, Diane Coffee, Andrew Combs and other projects. After years spent on the road, Schmadeke recruited a rotating cast of friends to fulfill his vision for Harpooner, which culminated in the release of their 2016 debut album Rose Park.
Reeling from 2020’s socio-political upheavals and pandemic, Schmadeke decided to use Harpooner as a vehicle to find moments of brightness in dark times. In his new single, “You’re My Best Friend,” Harpooner revels in the hopefulness of childhood memories and the importance of kinship. The track is layered with harmonious violins, bouncing synths and Schmadeke’s croon that illustrates the innocence of summer days as a youngster.
Directed by Addie Beargie, the track’s stop-motion animated music video is a colorful escapade of a boy and a flower getting into various hijinks. You can’t help but smile as the pair’s carefree adventures rekindle a viewers own fond memories.
“I think that when people watch, they will see an unexpected contrast of this cheery video throughout, followed by a viking-style funeral,” said Beargie in a press statement on the video’s creation. “It’s shocking. But the point being that this is the cycle of life and the flower is being reborn throughout the generations of flowers.”
Watch their new video below.