“Shoulders and Whispers” is the first single from the debut album from JOOJ, a collaborative project from Sook-Yin Lee (“Shortbus,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Year of the Carnivore”) and Adam Litovitz, and it’s got itself a beautiful music video conceived by Lee, Litovitz, and award-winning filmmaker Brandon Cronenberg (“Antiviral”).
“It’s a spare and dramatic torch song that captures the tension between desire for physical connection and the denial of it,” the filmmakers said about “Shoulders and Whispers.”
Featuring dancers Mairi Grieg, Syreeta Hector, and Benjamin Kamino, as well legendary alternative cartoonist Chester Brown (“Yummy Fur,” “Paying For It,” “Louis Riel”), it’s a surreal and atmospheric clip that combines classical tableaux in stark black & white and contemporary dance.
The concept for the video came from Lee, Litovitz, and Cronenberg’s passion for film noir, German Expressionism, and classic horror movies. “Using extreme shadows to create a supernatural mystery, naked and vulnerable bodies enmesh in a video that reflects Cronenberg’s preoccupation with human anatomy and Lee’s explorations of choreographic movement and sexual discomfiture,” the filmmakers described.
Watch the video below. JOOJ’s first album is out on May 26th via Last Gang Records.