Streaming may hinder certain aspects of our normal television viewing habits, but the magic of late night is that anything can happen. So, how can you possibly showcase the potency of not only a song but an artist for a brief moment? A one take live video on late night, obviously.
Last night Spike Jonze (Her, Where The Wild Things Are) shot the video for Karen O & Danger Mouse’s “Woman” live in one take as the duo performed on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” The video dazzled in a haze of sultry minimalism and allowed Jonze to play with the magic of Karen O in real time.
Featuring special guest Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird), the video’s ignited performance opened with a ceremonial round about of Karen’s dancers who fanned the flames in a black and white hue. Coral Dolphin, Kya Thomas, Jessica Castro, Maija Knapp, Ebony Williams and Feldstein took control of the stage before manipulating the band, and Danger Mouse, for Karen’s arrival.
The psychedelic twangs soon spiraled for the track’s declaration. Jonze utilized moments of distraction shots cleanly, to not only buy time for the next scene, but continue to paint an endless feeling. Rehearsed crowd play reminded a viewer that there was in fact an audience, as a joyous Colbert is also shown within the action.
Karen led with an electrical confidence that was reciprocated by the talented ladies that joined her on stage. Each movement was rooted to the basis of the track and soon displayed the ending’s sonic dismay with rapid camera movements and Steph Mitchell as the human being dragged on stage in the midst of the chaos.
Karen O and Danger Mouse will present “An Encounter with Lux Prima,” an immersive, communal listening experience soundtracked by the album, April 18-21 at Los Angeles’ Marciano Art Foundation. Although the event is sold out, you may still sign up for the waitlist at marcianoartfoundation.org.
Lux Prima, the collaborative album from the artists is out now. Stream here.