Shock Machine – aka the kaleidoscopic pop-tinged solo project from former Klaxons frontman James Righton – today reveals a self-directed video for his single “Let Her Love In” which debuted via VOGUE. Edited by Harvey Eaton, the video was shot in the South of France and features partner Keira Knightley.
Of the video, Righton says: “‘Let Her Love In’ is purely a love song. I wrote it as a way of telling myself to let go of my fears and run with my heart. The video is a dreamlike performance video that I directed and edited myself, I wanted it to be pink, blue and include a flamingo.”
“Let Her Love In” is taken from Shock Machine’s eponymous debut album, which is out now via Marathon Artists. Also featuring previous singles “Shock Machine,” “Open Up The Sky,”“Lost In The Mystery,” and “Unlimited Love,” Shock Machine was recorded in the south of France with producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Florence + The Machine, Haim), and mixed by Ben H Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter). It also features artwork by Rob Carmichael, famed for his work with the likes of Animal Collective, Panda Bear and Dirty Projectors. Released via Marathon Artists (home to Courtney Barnett, Jagwar Ma and Baaba Maal among others), the album is a collection of timeless pop music that embraces inspiration from decades of off-kilter greats – from Todd Rundgren and Dennis Wilson, to early Paul McCartney and Roxy Music – but reimagines them through an expansive, psychedelic 21st century lens to conjure up something truly modern; in James’ own words, “Elton John’s Benny & the Jets on acid”. The sense of an artist finding his own voice, unbothered by fashion or current notions of what’s hip is pretty hard to escape throughout: Shock Machine feels like an album powered by the giddy rush of someone falling head over heels in love with music again. Which is precisely what it is.
Watch Shock Machine’s previously released video for “Unlimited Love” HERE. Filmed and directed by Righton himself alongside directorial newcomer Sam Taylor-Edwards, “Unlimited Love” was filmed between London and Bucharest. It was created under the mentorship of legendary video maker Sophie Muller (Beyonce, Coldplay, Gwen Stefani, Sade),
In other news, Righton recently opened for Justice at their recent London show. He also collaborated with The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowland to write music for BAFTA Award-winning director Joe Wright’s production of Brecht’s masterwork The Life of Galileo at London’s Young Vic Theatre. He modeled (and DJ’d) alongside Savages’ Jehnny Beth and Dirt Hand’s Arun Roberts at Gucci’s Resort 2018 show in Florence. In addition, Shock Machine’s self-titled track ‘Shock Machine’ recently featured on the credits for Billie JD Porter’s new four part music documentary series ‘Sound and Vision’ on Channel 4 in the UK.