Today marks the much-anticipated premiere of our new video for the song "Lost Kitten", in which director Sammy Rawal leads us on an unusual search for home. Shot over two days in Mexico City, the clip features acclaimed ballroom dancer/actor Sheldon McIntosh (otherwise known as Tynomi Banks, the name he goes by when performing in drag), and showcases Rawal’s hyper-stylized use of bold color and unique choreography.
In Rawal’s reimagining of the archetypal heroic journey, Sheldon embarks on a mysterious pilgrimage through Mexico City and into the canal maze of Xochimilco on a flat-bottomed trajinera in search of his house mother, an “angel” in his memories. Upon reaching his destination, Sheldon delivers an epic vogueing performance (!) to celebrate his spiritual reunion with the maternal. His massive on-screen presence is only amplified by his bold attire: sequined jacket and kitten heels.
The shoot itself proved as colorful as the concept. Airport troubles delayed Sheldon’s arrival to within hours of when filming was scheduled to begin. A striking figure at 6 foot 2, Sheldon’s choice of travel wear was a pair of high heeled boots which had him towering above the local community as he attempted to navigate the busy pedestrian streets. “As he walked through the city, Sheldon was literally parting the huge crowd that had gathered, everybody was staring at him in amazement,” recalls Rawal. “He was a bit apprehensive at first about how the local community would react to him, but that feeling quickly disappeared as people started cheering and shouting ‘El Guapo!’ (The Handsome One), smiling and waving from their passing cars.”
Watch "Lost Kitten" and let the beautiful quest begin.
P.S. Hope you’ve been having fun with the METRIC Synthetica App. It’s a bit addictive. I’ve spent many hours traveling between cities these past few weeks and have gotten into creating totally abstract sounds with my remixes. My favorite move is extreme delay feedback combined with pitch shift on “Speed the Collapse”. The original song becomes unrecognizable and the landscape images become like hallucinations. Very useful when waiting in very long lines. If you don’t have it yet, it’s free on the App Store.