Soft Spot's "Half a House"

SoftSpot – Half a House from Ryan Dickie on Vimeo.

In Brooklyn’s independent music scene it seems like all you need to make something happen is a small group of friends working together in earnest. That’s what it took for Brooklyn-based duo Soft Spot, anyhow, when Bryan Keller and Sarah Kinlaw, who are as sweet and charming as they are talented, teamed up with art director Molly Gottschalk and director Ryan Dickie to produce the music video for their new single “Half a House” off the debut album “Ardor” (recorded by sound engineer Colin Alexander). Like any independent effort, the video was funded entirely by the entrepreneurial foursome, who lugged lights and equipment and asked a lot of favors, like borrowing an amazing wardrobe from Malin Landaeus’ Vintage Archive in Williamsburg.

The clothes, well-loved and handmade with girlish effects and great attention to detail, are a lot like Kinlaw’s voice. Youthful and dare I say sparrow-like (she does like Piaf), her voice, along with Keller’s drumming and dreamlike guitar are some of the band’s strongest points, and the video does a good job at playing them up.

If the pair seem at home with each other and their individual musical styles it’s because they’re both bandmates and a couple. She’s a classically trained singer and comes across as having a more focused approach, whereas Keller is perhaps more theoretical, influenced by “sonic textures…and anything that creates a bridge between the creator and spectator in which you both meet in the middle. It’s so much better in that space with someone else.” I think he’s found a good match in Kinlaw and it’ll be exciting to see where the two go next. If you happen to be down South in the next month, be sure to check them out on tour.