Today we're happy to release a new video for Kisses' "Control", off the band's recent album, Rest in Paradise.
Adrian Buitenhuis directed the clip, after working with the band previously on a video for "Huddle" in 2013. It shows Kisses' Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson backed by a cast of all-star baby boomers, shot in a straight-forward but dialed aesthetic at Los Angeles' Mack Sennett Studios.
"My goal with this video was to put our dream team backing band behind us and to just shoot a straight forward, studio music video with that unconventional lineup," Kivel told Nylon, who premiered the video today. "They dressed in the way I like to dress and had all the style and energy I would look for in my ideal backing back. Ultimately, we wanted to do something simple and clean that looked sparse and matched the feel of the artwork of the record."
Buitenhuis added, "With 'Control', Jesse had a very specific idea of what he wanted — no big story, just a straightforward band video shot in a studio performed in an earnest way. After using young Henry as the stand-in drummer in the huddle video, Jesse wanted to bring in the dad band as backup. That earnest/serious video seemed to be a real product of early MTV live session recordings, where music videos were really about the feeling of documenting that live moment when the magic of a song came together in the studio and we were privy to it.
"I pulled references ranging from spotlit Milli Vanilli jams to The Who studio sessions to soft lit Taylor Swift videos and meta-videos like those of Yacht and Maxim Ludwig, that also harkened back to the honeymoon period of music videos."
Kisses' Rest in Paradise is out now. Get it on vinyl or digitally.