We’ve been looking forward to this since we interviewed noirwave musician Yannick Ilunga, aka Petite Noir, for our Young South Africa series earlier this year. A few weeks ago we spotted a teaser video and finally, here it is: the new music video for Petite Noir’s track ‘Chess’, the lead single off his upcoming EP The King of Anxiety.
The music video, which premiered on Dazed, was directed and shot over a weekend in Hackney by East London filmmaker Cieron Magat. The concept centres on the work of Ghanian photographer Philip Kwame Apagya who took portraits of locals in his home studio, set against hand-painted backdrops depicting aspirational Western living styles. Similarly, the backdrops that feature prominently in the video were painted by Daniel David Freeman and in front of these we see Yannick sporting some serious Fresh Prince of Bel Air vibes – thanks to the styling of Mischa Notcutt. “We lay on the floor painting the images for weeks”, Cieron told Dazed. “It’s all a bit wonky – a good marriage between David’s drawing style and Yannick’s music”.
The King of Anxiety will be released by Domino Records on 19 January 2015.