Canadian songstress Audra Santa unveils the sensual new video to her latest single ‘Naked’ exclusively right here on Vents Magazine! The track is taken from her forthcoming EP, ‘The Boudoir Project’, a collection of sensual, downtempo electronica that was a personal mode of self-expression she thought she would never share with anyone. Her ‘genre-bending’ style has been dubbed “Noir Soul”, combining elements of trip-hop, dark-pop and art-rock with rich, ambient textures with soul and sensuality woven in throughout.
Audra self-directed and edited the video for ‘Naked’ which features her dripping in honey, inspired by the sensual hyper-realistic oil paintings of David Shepherd. His “honey dust” painting inspired her to use this sticky metaphor for desire, pouring it over her head until she was completely covered. The painting is also featured in the single’s cover art.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, editing the video became much more of a personal and ‘hands on’ experience than Audra had originally anticipated. She says:
I shot ‘Naked’ in February, just before we went into lockdown. Video shoot days are my favourite – so much goes into directing and producing a video and it’s amazing to see it all come together on the day!! I found the perfect wardrobe, flowers, and actors to join me, and of course a few kilos of honey! I travelled to Mexico in March with my partner (the hands you see behind me in the video) and flew back to Canada JUST as the lockdown started. My plan was to work beside an editor to cut the video, but everything was put on hold.
I had a very particular vision for “Naked’ so I didn’t feel comfortable sending it off to someone to edit on my behalf. So I decided to learn Adobe Premiere Pro myself. It took me 10 times as long to get the initial cut together, but I had a huge sense of accomplishment and ownership. Once I was confident I found the shots I loved and was *this close* to finished, the quarantine restrictions lifted! I hired an editor, Eli Speigel to finish it off with me and make sure it felt polished. I learned so much from him (I really did some things the hard way!) and I look forward to working with him on future projects.
See the resulting video for yourself :