Just ahead of his debut album release, 32 Levels, Clams Casino (aka Michael Volpe) has dropped a new clip for his track Ghost in a Kiss. This latest visual follows collaborations with Lil B, Vince Staples and Kelela, who Clams worked with across other videos.
The clip for Ghost in a Kiss was directed by Grant Singer, the name behind videos for The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face and Dayzed Inn Daydreams by Ariel Pink. The video also stars Future Islands‘ Samuel T. Herring as the main protagonist. An eery and slightly jittery visual shows Herring moving throughout a normal if vaguely depressing day. A routine that is replayed again, hinting at a sort of mundane life.
Cut with footage that more than hints towards flashbacks, if Herring’s wistful expressions are taken into account, showing a young couple and a mysterious school boy. Set against the dark tropes of the track and Clams’ deep intonations, the visuals have a haunting feel. Couple with the title refrain, Singer suggests a disturbing past as Tom Waits style vocals take on a bit of a demonic growl.
The debut album from Clams Casino has been long-awaited, ever since his first EP Rainforest dropped in 2011. The release date for 32 Levels comes around next week on July 15 (via Columbia), after years spent working with artists like A$AP Rocky and Blood Orange. Speaking about the inspiration behind the album, Clams said “It definitely comes from a very specific place, but to a listener, it’s also open-ended and open to interpretation.”
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