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21 July 2019

Sharpest Edges

by Alice May

Gallant: “Sharpest Edges” - 3 mins 43s

Are we in a Prince revival era? So many recent releases seem to have been influenced by The Purple One's musical sensibilities - not that we're complaining.

The latest on our radar, 'Sharpest Edges' from Gallant, has the click-shunt-swivel precision those of us old enough to remember Prince in his heyday recognise only too well: combined with Gallant's insinuating croon, it recalls a more laid-back 'Kiss'.

Bennett Johnson has given it a devil of a video to match. The slider-clad feet of Gallant move haplessly around a designer kitchen while the legs and feet of a woman in vertiginous snakeskin heels follow him.

The fact that we don't see her identity - and only discover his late on in the clip - serves to emphasise the predatory dynamic. The woman is evidently ruthless and he does well to feel intimidated. It's a neat, unusual device which keeps us watching to the very end.

Director: Bennett Johnson Ⓟ Ⓦ (tantrum Ⓟ Ⓦ)
1st AD: Matthew Martin
Cinematographer: Joshua McKie 
Steadicam Operator: Alex van Putten
Stylist: Aaron Tucker / Keyla Marquez
Choreography: Debbie Maciel
Editor: Matt Carter @ Final Cut Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: James Tillett

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