Jessy Lanza has announces her forthcoming release, All The Time, will come out on July 24, via Hyperdub. Along with the news, she shares its second single, “Face”, with an accompanying video directed by Winston Case filmed during their travels across the States. The video’s no-frills dance party conveys the ubiquity of such resentment, and how music provides a positive outlet for negative emotion. Jessy says the song’s inspiration came from watching people’s faces on the New York subway.
“I was fantasizing about what everyone was thinking based on their expressions,” she says. “I found myself projecting my own feelings onto the strangers I was looking at. I went home and wrote the lyrics imagining that the commuters were having telepathic conversations with each other. The questions I imagined them asking each other oscillated from sexual to confrontational: ‘Baby is it just enough? Tell me do you want it all? Baby are you feeling tough? Feeling tougher more than not?’”
She sent the vocals and drum and bass patterns of the song to her song writing partner Jeremy Greenspan (Junior Boys) who added lush synth pads and these little yelping dog sounds he made on his modular synthesizer. The result is a nimble, playful piece of footwork, with a video whose origins are as fascinating as the song itself.
Soon after the EU tour ended abruptly, Jessy left New York and drove across the country with Winston Case. “Our apartment lease was up and we couldn’t rent another place because of quarantine restrictions. We packed what we could into my van and drove to San Francisco to stay with family. We really wanted to make a video for ‘Face’ so we used our immediate surroundings and a couple of lights Winston managed to fit in the van.’
Without a crew, they filmed within their immediate surroundings, acting and performing with Winston’s sister and mother who helped by holding flashlight’s set to green, which are normally used for blinding and hunting feral hogs. Cheap LED’s and tactical flashlights feature prominently throughout the video, filtered through coloured gauzes while Jessy performs.
All The Time
1. Anyone Around
2. Lick in Heaven
6. Ice Creamy
7. Like Fire
8. Baby Love
9. Over and Over
10. All The Time