Singer-songwriter Johanna Warren released her acclaimed fifth album Chaotic Good earlier this year on Wax Nine/Carpark Records. Today she shares the new music video for her ferocious single “Twisted,” a song that Pitchfork called “unusually explosive…the type of clarity that emerges only after a lifetime of rehearsal.” Watch “Twisted” HERE and read Warren’s statement about the clip below.
A love letter to 90s grunge—and a personal psychomagic ritual about polarity, gender, fame and desire—the concept for this video has been haunting me for a couple years now. Back in March I was excitedly driving up the West Coast to shoot “Twisted” in its spiritual home of Seattle, when the first COVID lockdowns began. It was a tough call, but as the borders started to close I decided to cancel the shoot and hop on a last minute flight to the UK to quarantine with my partner Richey Beckett in rural Wales, where I’ve been ever since.
It was for sure the right decision, but I was heartbroken to have sacrificed the video. Richey and I have spent much of lockdown nerding out about movies, writing, conspiring, dreaming of making films together. When the question came up, “Is the Twisted video ever going to happen?” we realised there was an opportunity to bring the shoot to the UK and make it ourselves, a collaborative filmmaking debut of sorts. Through a series of serendipities, we were able to very quickly pull together a micro crew of super talented BAFTA award-winning geniuses who helped realize this vision in a higher form than I’d ever imagined.