Ben&Ben released the music video for their latest single “Lunod” on Friday, November 26, bringing to life one of the band’s darkest, heaviest songs yet.
In the music video the band and their collaborators juan karlos and Zild perform from a sparsely lit, seemingly endless hallway as the video cuts to images of them being enveloped by water – amplifying the drowning feeling of anxiety that the song talks about.
The music video was directed by Heneral Luna filmmaker Jerrold Tarog and shot at El Deposito, an underground water reservoir in San Juan, Metro Manila, and the site where the first battle of the Philippine Revolution took place in 1896.
The video serves as the band’s reunion with Jerrold, who also directed the music video for their track “Susi” in 2018.
“Lunod” is the seventh track of Ben&Ben’s sophomore album Pebble House, Vol 1: Kuwaderno, released in September.
The band released an acoustic version of the song in October when they performed it with Zild and juan karlos from their house.
A “bipolar remix” of the song by rapper-producer Zelijah was also released on November 23, with an added rap break that features Zelijah’s own reflections on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
In time for the music video’s release, Ben&Ben opened a “Lunod”-themed pop-up café at Latitude Bean+Bar in Malate, Manila. The pop-up, which is open until November 27, includes an art installation inspired by Zelijah’s remix, as well as other activities related to mental health.
The band also has pop-up cafes at Jess + Pat’s in Maginhawa, Quezon City, and at Kale Café in Fairview, Quezon City.
Their promotions come ahead of their upcoming digital concert, Kuwaderno: A Ben&Ben Online Concert, streaming live from the Araneta Coliseum on December 5. – Rappler.com