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The White Stripes 'City Lights' by Michel Gondry

Luke Bather - 12th Sept 2016

Michel Gondry surprises the world with this sweet, simple and downright brilliant new video for The White Stripes.

Set entirely in Gondry's shower and done for the most part in a single take, the video shows him drawing visualisations of the song's lyrics onto the condensation forming on the shower's glass door, trying to make a picture make sense before it fades away to be replaced by the next set of drawings.

It's a wonderful stream of consciousness (or should that be steam of consciousness?) video that reunites one of the best artist/director combos of the early Noughts - albeit completely without the knowledge of said artist, as Third Man Records revealed in a statement they released with the video. 

"Third Man Records is pleased to share the genius surprise gift they received from their friend Michel Gondry. On his own and without anyone's knowledge, the legendary filmmaker shot a video for "City Lights," which he sent them the other night. The video is Gondry's fifth visual collaboration with The White Stripes. "City Lights" was written for The White Stripes' Get Behind Me Satan, but then forgotten until White revisited the 2005 album for Third Man's Record Store Day 2015 vinyl reissue and finished the recording in 2016. The track is the first new, worldwide commercially released song by The White Stripes since 2008."

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Luke Bather - 12th Sept 2016


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Michel Gondry
Raffi Adlan
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Brooke Palmieri

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Tilly Pederson, David Gritchen

Luke Bather - 12th Sept 2016

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