Music | Kate Moss Stars in Minimalist New Massive Attack “Ritual Spirit” Music Video

March 18, 2016  |  Film

January saw the release of UK Trip Hop pioneers Massive Attack’s taut new Ritual Spirit EP, their first release since their 2011 collaborations with Burial. The new video for the brilliant title track directed by band producer & co-write 3D, Dusan Reljin and Hilde Pettersen Reljin, features fashion & street culture icon Kate Moss dancing trance-like in an exquisitely minimalist setting that is the perfect accompaniment to the track’s noir motif.

“Dusan and I had been planning to collaborate on something visual for a while,” says Del Naja, “When he suggested working with Kate I was a little nervous, as we’ve been friends for a long time and I didn’t want to complicate things, you know. Kate has worked with a lot of artists over the years, and has been exploited by a few.”

Together they booked a studio in West London for the video, planning to shoot in 2D, 3D, and video — “quite freestyle, as none of us were sure of the outcome,” Del Naja explains. During the session, Moss started dancing in the dark, illuminating herself with a naked lightbulb, and the result was captured on video. It turned out the footage was a perfect match for Massive Attack’s slow, cascading guitars and Azekel’s always-out-of-reach vocal turn. “The dance invoked the spirit of the track perfectly — intimate and ritualistic,” Del Naja adds.

“I have always been a huge fan of Massive Attack and 3D has been a friend for many years,” says Kate Moss, “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 video was edited back in Bristol and kept raw, with no retouches. “I didn’t want to lose the essence of that moment,” says Del Naja, “There is a frame strobing effect that intensifies the arc of the light. We also ran the film through our Fantom music and camera sensors to get some alternative clips, but decided to keep it simple.”

Del Naja never intended for the three videos to complement one another, but welcomes the unlikely unity. “It’s strange how things turn out,” he says, “All three films from Ritual Spirit have been dance pieces. Never been our style. Unexpected, and quite by accident — fate, I guess.”

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