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Ben Folds Five Is a Crowd in ‘Sky High’ Video

Longing looks and heavy sighs populate mushy clip

picture-18547-1390524318Kyle McGovern // July 11, 2013

Ben Folds Five are currently on the road with fellow ’90s alt-pop favorites Guster and Barenaked Ladies, but the iconic nerd-rock trio hole up in Brooklyn for their latest video. Directed by David Burris, the clip complements “Sky High,” a somber missive written by drummer Darren Jessee for last year’s well-received comeback album The Sound of the Life of the Mind. Like Smith Westerns’ recent video for “Varsity,” BFF’s latest trades in sun-lit visuals and peeks at a young New York couple’s alone time; unlike “Varsity,” the above short favors the sentimental over the sensual. 

Ben Folds Five’s Last Summer on Earth 2013 tour dates: 

July 11 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre *#
July 12 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre *#
July 13 – Nashville, TN @ The Woods at Fontanel *#
July 15 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *#
July 16 – Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion *
July 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Music Ctr *#
July 19 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena *#
July 20 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center *#
July 21 – Bangor, ME @ Waterfront Park *#
July 23 – Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood *#
July 25 – Charlotte, NC @ T W Cable Uptown Amp *#
July 26 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amp *#
July 27 – Charleston, SC @ Family Circle Stadium *#
July 28 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre *#
July 30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell *#

* = with Barenaked Ladies
# = with Guster