Video: Alan Wilkis feat. Lyrics Born and White Hinterland – “Shadow” (CoS Premiere)
A few months back, CoS brought you the first collaboration in Brooklyn-based producer Alan Wilkis’ multimedia project PRINTS, “Come and Go” featuring The Kickdrums. It’s been awhile, so let’s refresh: PRINTS is a series of singles which start with Wilkis and his instruments. Once the track is in place, he brings in another artist to collaborate on the vocals. Remixes, videos and original artwork follow, leading to a fully realized “print”.
For the second entry in the series, Wilkis enlisted Berkley, CA rapper Lyrics Born and Portland’s indie songstress Casey Dienel, AKA White Hinterland. “Shadow” is all about duality; Lyrics Born’s verses tell of a passionate love affair that brings him nothing but anguish, while White Hinterlands’ ethereal vocals haunt the choruses, lamenting one who’s “tethered to all my dreams” but “just out of reach.”
The clip for this “print” reinterprets the dark themes through a different lens. In 1979, a timid photographer’s assistant turns creepy when a nude model walks in. Completely infatuated, he takes things to “Every Breath You Take”-levels, his camera watching her from the shadows. Written and directed by Brooklyn filmmaker Ryan O’Hara Theisen, the video can be viewed below.
For the full PRINTS experience, you can head over to the official PRINTS website. There, you can download “Shadow” and check out remixes from CHLLNGR, The Hood Internet, YELLE DJs, and Project Jenny, Project Jan.