Lafawndah has shared a new video for Ally, a song about "the potential for an alliance in what starts as a crush" that features on her recently released EP 'Tan'.
The self-directed visual stars the producer and sees Lafawndah grooming herself in an arid landscape before performing a dance ceremony at sunset. In a press release for the video, here's what Lafawndah says about the Ally clip:
"The smoothing of the six upper teeth takes about 15 minutes. The filing is performed by a dental specialist. Before the ceremony begins, the technician will read spells to ensure that the ceremony runs smoothly. After the reading of the spells, the technician will inscribe a sigil on the teeth and chest using a ruby ring. This ring is also useful for guarding the ceremony from the attacks. Before the filing of the teeth, her mouth will be first propped open with lumber or sugar cane. She will then rinse her mouth with turmeric water.
When the ceremony has ended, she with the filled teeth bites betel leaf. The saliva is collected on an ivory coconut. The ritual ends with a sprinkle of purified water. The ceremony itself is expensive. Therefore, it is usually done en mass and in the summer. Each of the six teeth corresponds to six human attributes that are considered to be those that humans inherited from animals. The teeth are filled in order to harness these powers. They are: Kama (desire); loba (ambition); krodha (righteousness); mada (wildness); moha (cunning); matsarya (justice)."
Watch the video to Ally above and read our recent interview with Lafawndah here.
Lafawndah's 'Tan' EP is out now through Warp Records (buy).