One object might particularly stand out the first time you watch couchwalker on film. I may or may not be speaking of the large brown couch placed in the middle of the set. Before you judge the couch, however, know that the couch is important. The inclusion of the couch is in fact, very intentional, and speaks to songwriter Jenny Banai’s individuality as an artist.
If you’ve recently been searching for a raw, emotional and authentic performance to satisfy your winter cravings, you might want to reconsider watching that two and a half hour long drama and indulge in Jenny Banai’s twenty minute film instead. With strong musicality, a clear vision and an empty warehouse-turned-living room, the British Columbia native imparts a true unconventional masterpiece.
After selecting various segments from her recent album, couchwalker, Banai and her team (including film director, Matej Balaz; and choreographers and dancers, Joanna Anderson and Kezia Rosen) present the tracks in a refreshing light, accompanied by visual representation. The resulting project features pleasing color coordination, purposeful fashion choices, and strategic bodily movements (fingers included)– providing an intimate explanation of Banais’ most personal questions and convictions.
In today’s world with the absence of live performances, Banai hoped to give an opportunity for fans to connect with her album on a deeper level. Throughout the short film, we are acquainted with an inquisitive yet glamorous girl, a melancholy yet daring girl, and there is both stagnancy and variety to her story. Banai creates a story we can all relate to.