UK trip-hop godfathers Massive Attack released their return-to-form Ritual Spirit EP earlier this year, and thus far, all the videos for the EP’s tracks have been dark, absorbing works. The “Take It There” video had John Hawkes stumbling through nighttime city streets, and the “Voodoo In My Blood” video had Rosamund Pike facing off against a mysterious orb. The new clip for the EP’s title track is the first that doesn’t have an Academy Award nominee in it. Instead, this one stars the supermodel Kate Moss, who spends the entire video dancing in a very dark room, spinning a lightbulb around on a chord. Nothing really happens in the clip, but it makes a hypnotic accompaniment to the song. Robert Del Naja, better known as the Massive Attack driving force 3D, co-directed the video with Medium. Watch it below, and read some words about it from Del Naja and Moss.
Del Naja writes:
Me and Kate have been friends for years, but had never collaborated, so last year we booked a studio with Medium and set up a shoot. During the session Kate was dancing in the dark, lighting herself with a naked bulb. She perfectly captured the essence of this track… intimate and ritualistic. We edited it back in Bristol to keep it raw with no re-touching, I didn’t want to lose the spirit of that moment.
I have always been a huge fan of Massive Attack and 3D has been a friend for many years. When he asked me to collaborate with him I didn’t have to think twice. I always thought their visuals were amazing and I was proud to be in this video.
The Ritual Spirit EP is out now on the group’s own Melankolic label.