The Shoe – “Dead Rabbit Hopes” Video (NSFW) (Stereogum Premiere)

The Shoe – “Dead Rabbit Hopes” Video (NSFW) (Stereogum Premiere)

Actress Jena Malone (Donnie Darko, Into The Wild, Sucker Punch) was recently seen on screen as brazenly rebellious District 7 tribute Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. In the movie, her character notoriously dropped the F-bomb on live TV, but Malone’s new music video is explicit in a different way. Malone, who records with Lem Jay Ignacio under the name the Shoe, is almost entirely naked in the clip for “Dead Rabbit Hopes,” a winsome twee-inflected ballad from the duo’s upcoming album I’m Okay. Director Alia Penner brought to life a vision of the human body’s beauty as explained here by Malone:

I wanted to talk about a woman’s beauty and sexuality in a way that felt very different from our highly manipulated and sexualized world. I actually wanted to desexualize my own naked body while upholding its own perfect eternal grace. I didn’t want it to be about lingerie or booty shorts. I wanted it to be about the work of art that you are born with.

Watch the video below.

I’m Okay is out 6/3 through Edward Sharpe’s Community Music and Malone’s There Was an Old Woman Records.

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