Maya Jane Coles Debuts New Video for Nocturnal Sunshine’s “Take Me There”
British-Japanese producer Maya Jane Coles has just unveiled her first offering under the name Nocturnal Sunshine with today's (March 31) release of the video for "Take Me There." Check it out above.
(On the release of her debut solo album, 2013's Comfort, we lamented that Coles -- who has put her remix stamp on tunes by Little Dragon, Florence and the Machine, Bonobo, Massive Attack and Ella Fitzgerald -- should by all rights have achieved household-name status by now.)
Listening to Nocturnal Sunshine's self-titled debut, which is out May 26 via Coles' own label I/AM/ME, it's clear why she would want to distinguish this new body of work under its own name. Imbued with a much darker, dubbier sound, Nocturnal Sunshine is still rife with dance elements but also fosters a decidedly more contemplative mood than her previous material. Coles also goes out on a limb on the upcoming disc by relying mainly on her own lead vocals. She herself stars in the artistically rendered video, which manages to be both dark (lighting-wise) and colorful at the same time.
Likewise, the song's shuffling beat strikes an elusive balance between propulsive and tentative. The video shows a veiled Coles appearing to struggle out of her garments, which underscores the conflicted (but still danceable) feel of the music. It's rare that an artist can make super high-pitched vocals come across as serious, but Coles has done just that -- an example of her ability to juxtapose sound with feel, and a most promising hint of what else she has in store with Nocturnal Sunshine.