British soultrix Jessie Ware is making waves with her soft and sleek debut album Devotion. The slick new Chris Sweeney directed-clip for “Night Light” indulges in the 90’s influenced aesthetic of the album track, dressing Ware sharply in black and white and lace, her nails tipped in glitter and her nose ring still in place (sorry mom); and it basks her in the song’s dreaminess, playing with smoke and florescent lights, and oh so sweetly featuring cameos from her real life night lights: her sister, Hannah, and her boyfriend (starring as the dancing sock-puppets, we hope).
A New York Times review from last week places Ware at the center of Britain’s new and perhaps “amniotic” soul scene. Water-locked and with but “the outline of club music,” the writer Jon Caramanica suggests that forward-thinking British soul stars like Ware and AlunaGeorge actually take their cues from what comes after the club, and that they show a certain devotion to the aquatic because “water cools, and water soothes, and water obscures” those hazy after-hours. Technically, Ware stays grounded here. But the way that pile of nylon-clad dancers kick about on the ground is not unlike the way synchronized swimmers move about a pool; and the aforementioned sock-puppet dancers certainly appear to be caught in the tide of the song. And caught like we are. Shadow man, will you come for us next?