V V Brown teams up with Paco Rabanne to deliver a brand new ‘The Apple’ music video! The collaboration is part of Paco Rabanne’s Black XS fragrance video campaign called EXCESS DIARY. The video serves as an extension or an alternate video if you will, for Brown’s exceptional track. ‘The Apple’ is Brown’s second single taken from the recently released, Samson & Delilah.
We premiered ‘The Apple’s official video early this month and were completely blown away by the song’s production and gorgeous dark visuals. Since the singer is best known for her colorful, 60’s inspired R&B pop music, ‘The Apple‘ as well as ‘Samson’ (the haunting first single) sparked curiosity and excitement for Brown’s new sound direction. Now that the album has been released and we have had the chance to listen and experience Samson & Delilah in its entirety, we can’t express enough how blown away and impressed we are with this record. From its dark electronic productions, conceptual biblical theme, to Brown’s operatic vocals, the album beautifully unfolds like a gorgeous dark fairytale from the very first track to the last.
‘Substitute For Love,’ the album’s incredible first track showcases Brown’s new found soprano-like vocal abilities. It also sets the beginning mood for the record’s beautiful dark sonic venture. It continues with ‘Nothing Really Matters,’ a thumping, bass-heavy track that ends in a glorious echoing chant, followed by the albums foreboding, ‘Samson.’ Other highlights include the beautiful, minimalist ballad ‘Looking For Love,’ the disco tinged, ‘The Apple’ and ‘Igneous,’ an aggressive and distorted song that sounds like it’s being narrated from an abandoned church, chanted by a pained diva as the industrial sounds of synthesizers fill the room. Another favorite is ‘Faith,’ a somber and melodic tune with an astral electronic sound where Brown’s voice can really be appreciated. Her deep melodic voice effortlessly floats throughout the song while her own gentle hums serenade the background. The song is simply gorgeous. Although these songs shine on their own, like a good novel, Samson & Delilah needs to be experienced as a whole, from beginning to its gloomy, devastating end.
Samson & Delilah is a concept album that’s dark in nature; but its theme is perfectly balanced by Brown’s affecting lyricism and by its masterful, future-thinking electronic production. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS RECORD. It’s one of the bests I’ve heard this year; and I wouldn’t be surprise if it became a theatre musical piece. I think it would work fantastically on stage as well.
Samson & Delilah is out now in Europe. It officially arrives in the US on October 8th.
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