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July 25, 2014

We Are Shining: Hot Love

Going Rogue on the Streets of London With Model-of-the-Moment Adwoa Aboah

Freckled beauty Adwoa Aboah loses herself to the beat-scattered, gospel blues of We Are Shining in their video for new single "Hot Love," directed by Simon Cahn. The London-based outfit made up of Morgan Zarate and Acyde, garnered attention with an early release on Young Turks (as The Shining), while their recent collaboration with breakout singer-songwriter Eliza Doolittle, “Killing,” made waves with a flinch-inducing viral video capturing a dancer seemingly unaware of throwing knives narrowly missing her head. "There's a lot of experimental Afro, Latin and European music from the late 1960s to 1980s," Zarate and Acyde say of their current playlists. "In terms of production it's about putting yourself in another world and getting the music to sound like that place." Following a cosmic mix tape, Devileyes, today's ecstatic video by the Parisian filmmaker comes ahead of the duo's debut album out later this year on Marathon Artists. Its free-spirited protagonist Aboah, who has fronted campaigns for H&M and Henry Holland and is the daughter of Camilla Lowther and Charles Aboah, makes the ultimate muse. "I wanted her to be almost like Juliette Binoche in Lovers on the Bridge, which isn’t an easy thing to pull off," says Cahn.

"Hot Love" is released on Marathon Artists on September 8.

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Arthur Beatrice: Late

Breakout Model Moffy Takes to an Industrial Coastline in the British Band’s Evocative Music Video

A tender romance unfurls against the dramatic skies of the Britain’s Thames Estuary in George Belfield’s music video for elegant indie-rock quartet Arthur Beatrice. “I see the couple’s relationship as their sanctuary in a hard world, but maybe I’m being too optimistic,” says Belfield of the nuanced performances, played out on the distinct outpost of Isle of Sheppey in Kent by actor Nicky Bell and rising model Moffy in her first acting role. “I love the chimney-studded skyline and the Salk Institute-inspired housing estate. The whole island is epic and rough, so it felt good to play that against the intimacy of the couple.” “Late” is the rousing last single from Arthur Beatrice’s debut album, Working Out, whose members Orlando Leopard, Ella Girardot and brothers Elliot and Hamish Barnes all met at school. “We've spent so many years together that the title Working Out is a nod to the process of figuring out who we are and what we want to be,” says the band, who have their own independent label Open Assembly Recordings and whose previous music videos were directed by Nike, Topshop and Dazed & Confused designer Kate Moross. “We all have lots of influences, but people like Elvis Costello and bands like The Smiths are examples of musicians who have had an impact on us all.”

Working Out is available now. 

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Anna Calvi: Memory

The Mercury-Nominated Artist Delves Into the Mindbending Roots of Her Music

“Memories always change,” says Anglo-Italian singer-songwriter Anna Calvi of the inspiration behind her second album, One Breath. “The fact that they fade is sad but healing, and something I wanted to explore.” Swiss filmmaker Karim Huu Do’s lyrical short unpicks Calvi’s beginnings as a musician as she visits the wine-soaked haunts and rural edgelands of Clermont-Ferrand during her recent spate of concerts in France. “I enjoy touring, taking my guitar around and playing to people every night,” says Calvi on the eve of a European jaunt that starts with a Dublin show on February 1. “It feels like a trade, which I like.” The ferocious intensity of the London-born singer’s voice and guitar and the boldness of her Spanish matador-inspired stage style has attracted the attention of Gucci’s Frida Giannini, who designed outfits for her 2011 American tour, and Karl Lagerfeld, who photographed her for Maison Michel’s fall/winter campaign in the same year. Her role of rock pin-up and fashion muse contrasts with her decidedly more introspective everyday persona. “Music gives me a space in which I can be more courageous,” she says of the discrepancy. “There are not that many places in life where you can find a similar kind of strength and fearlessness.” 

Anna Calvi's One Breath is available now on Domino. 

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