The beach boys’ classic songs, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God only knows” soundtrack to parts three and four of an unprecedented new four-part video series that builds on itself to become one long narrative when watched in order, though it can also be enjoyed individually.
The first two parts of the series were accompanied by the band’s classic hits, “Barbara Ann” and “Don’t Worry Baby.” These early installments were premiered on The Beach Boys’ official youtube channel last weekend (September 9 and 10), but you can now watch the videos whose soundtrack is “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows” below.
Directed by Andrew Litten, who has worked with Anderson .Paak, Pusha T and Earth, Wind & Fire, the cinematic story, which was beautifully filmed in South Africa with a cast of local actors, captures what it is than being young and in love as it traces a high school romance between surf-obsessed Helena (Zoe Manoek) and Lucas (Toby De Goede), an aspiring photographer who is the new kid in town, and the decisions challenges they each face as they approach graduation and their future.
The first episode, “Barbara Ann”, introduced Helena, a young teenager who spends her waking hours daydreaming about surfing and getting out and about in her small town. The story of Lucas, a boy who moves to town with his father, was later told in the following video, “Don’t Worry Baby”.
This weekend, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” details the couple’s relationship and it all culminates in “God Only Knows,” where young love is at a crossroads as high school comes to an end. Each chapter explores an aspect of escapism for the two main characters who are at the intersection of innocence and adulthood and reflects the feelings of the songs that were written in the mid-1960s when the Beach Boys were themselves teenagers and young adults and which resonated as strongly today as ever.
Director Andrew Litten said: “A recurring theme in the Beach Boys’ music is the feeling of being young and in love. Their most iconic songs were written when they were between the ages of 15 and 21, so there’s this exciting outlook on life that’s immortalized in their lyrics. I wanted to do the same with music videos by capturing the spontaneity and playfulness of being a teenager, fantasizing about the future, pursuing new passions and falling in love. I wanted to capture the feeling after your first kiss or what it felt like leaving home for college. Each video builds on itself to become a long story, but it was also very important that each video could stand on its own. If you look chronologically, you become more invested in the characters.
Along with the emotionally engaging story, the videos are filled with several Easter eggs that pay homage to the Beach Boys’ legacy.
Watch parts one and two of the four-part video series on the official Beach Boys YouTube channel.