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Indie88 Premiere: Toronto’s Oliver James Brooks releases video for new brooding track ‘Storm Chasing’

Toronto alt-folk rocker Oliver James Brooks has shared a video for his new track “Storm Chasing,” premiering now on Indie88.

The new single comes from Brooks’ forthcoming studio album of the same name. “Storm Chasing” isn’t about an actual storm, but rather it’s about knowing how something will end before it even starts. The brooding new single comes packed with foreboding instrumentals and silky, ominous vocal lines. The accompanying video comes packed with stop-motion animation of Brooks’ very own illustrations.

“Before creating music, I used to illustrate and my medium of choice was watercolour and ink,” Oliver James Brooks explains. “I actually illustrated the little running cloud a long while back for an art show but in the back of my mind I always knew that I wanted to do something else with it.”

Watch the video for “Storm Chasing” below.

“I ended up illustrating everything in my little watercolour book by hand, transferring it into my laptop and then making things move frame-by-frame using stop-motion animation,” Oliver James Brooks adds. “It took some time, but I’ve always wanted to do something like this and now I have. Oh yeah, each visual represents something important, but that’s a whole other thing. For now, you’ll just have to try and figure it all out on your own.”

Brooks wrote “Storm Chasing” nearly five years ago while living in Brooklyn, New York. At the time, he had been sober for 10 months, and he has now been sober for more than five years.

Oliver James Brooks recorded “Storm Chasing” at Gavin Gardiner’s All Day Coconut studio.

Storm Chasing is set for release on November 12th, 2021. The 10-track effort was mostly recorded on an old Tascam 388 8″ track tape machine.

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