The New York City-based band, led by Francis Farewell Starlite, delivers a crisp visual that features ‘Ye pensively bopping along to Francis’ soothing vocals before panning to Francis, who does a solo dance number and is eventually joined by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon for a two-person routine.
Collaborator Chance The Rapper — who worked with Francis and the Lights on his Coloring Book gem “Summer Friends” and ‘Ye on “All We Got” as well as West’s “Ultralight Beam” — even showered the video with praise.
“#friendsvideo is literally looking at all my influences at once. Thank you @andthelights for being so inspiring,” he tweeted.
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 7, 2016
“Friends” also features a star-studded talent pool as ex-Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij, BJ Burton, and the Lights’ Aaron Lammer co-wrote and produced the track with additional production assists from Ariel Rechtshaid, Cashmere Cat, and Benny Blanco, per The Fader.
Hang with “Friends” below.