PREMIERE: Penny and Sparrow’s “Don’t Wanna Be Without Ya” Vid Recreates Classic Movie Scenes

Their new album Finch is out now, and the video is a delightful guessing game for film buffs. 

Austin-bred Americana duo Penny & Sparrow (Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke) have paired their rhythmic single about reincarnation, “Don’t Wanna Be Without Ya,” with a video recreating twenty-eight classic love scenes from movies—some indies, some studio flicks, some old and some new. A few are so esoteric you’ll only know ’em if you’ve seen the film more than once, while others (The Graduate, Moonrise Kingdom, Lost in Translation) are more obvious. 

“Don’t Wanna Be Without Ya” is a jaunty tune about loving someone so much you’d be happy to get reincarnated with them over and over again—even if you’re just a clip in their hair in your next life. 

Of the song, the pair said: “This is a reincarnation love song. It imagines partners looking at each other and saying ‘no matter what you become, I will stick and fall in love with any iteration of you.’ As movie-lovers we thought a beautiful way to show this would be to recreate twenty-eight iconic film scenes with couples from all over the spectrum of life. Different bodies in legendary cinematic moments all of which representing the evolution of love. The challenge from a viewer’s standpoint will be to name as many of the movies as you can while reminding yourself that romance is nuanced and gorgeous.”

Buy Finch here (out now via via Thirty Tigers) and check out their upcoming tour dates and the video below. 

Penny and Sparrow Tour Dates:

9/6: Opelika, AL – John Emerald Distilling
9/7: Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
9/8: Chattanooga, TN – Moon River Festival
9/12: Nashville, TN – AmericanaFest
9/14: Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
9/15: Raleigh, NC – Cat’s Cradle
9/17: Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Arts Center
9/18: Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
9/20: Washington, DC – Union Station
9/21: Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
9/22: Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
9/24: New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
9/25: Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
9/27: Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
9/28: Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music
9/29: Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
10/1: St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
10/2: Louisville, KY – Headliners
10/4: Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre
10/5: Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
10/6: Birmingham, AL – The Saturn
10/17: Houston, TX – The Heights Theater
10/18: Dallas, TX – Majestic Theater
10/19: Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
11/5: Phoenix, AZ – Modern Instrument Museum
11/6: San Diego, CA – Belly Up
11/8 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
11/10 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
11/12 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre
11/13 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater
11/15: Salt Lake City, UT – State Room
11/16: Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
11/17: Fort Collins, CO – Armory
11/20: Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
11/21 Lubbock, TX – Cactus Theater


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