Sleep Thieves’ New Music Video Is A Mini Horror Movie

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Watch the video for “Is This Ready?”

Sleep Thieves, the Dublin-based synth pop trio of Sorcha Brennan, Wayne Fahy, and Keith Byrne, are known for creating music both intimate and haunting, and their latest release, “Is This Ready?”, is no exception. And now, the group has turned one of their brooding tunes into a full-on horror show in their new music video, premiering right here on NYLON.

The song’s lyrical content was inspired by Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 1892 short story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” which tells the haunting tale of a young woman’s descent into psychosis. The eeriness of the lyrics are felt throughout the visual, as it portrays a woman victimized by the patriarchy in a dystopian society. Using classic horror film video techniques like intense close-ups and strobe lights, the group’s nightmarish vision comes to life while their dark, synth-pop tune plays throughout.

The video's theme was thought up by Spiceburger, a video production duo from Dublin, who directed the short film. 

“Allyn and Ged [of Spiceburger] came up with the concept of a possession, which initially would have a full on exorcism,” Byrne tells us. “We really liked it and thought it would fit well with the dark atmosphere and the lyrical content of the song, [but] we suggested the idea of rhythmic possession as opposed to demonic possession. We liked the idea of a rhythm taking you or a song that gets stuck in your head.”

The single marks Sleep Thieves’ return since their 2014 debut album, You Want the Night. With a sound they describe as “the sonic realization of memories, visions, emotions, and experiences, set to a backdrop of the city skyline, inspired by its perpetual pulse,” it’s clear that “Is This Ready?” is only a preview of the emotional work to come.

Watch the video, below.

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Along with

Showtime just ordered a pilot episode of Casallina "Cathy" Kisakye's comedy anthology series, which will be executive-produced by Lena Waithe. The show, called How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Shit), sounds like it'll be... informative.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the series is a comedy, it will also touch on some vulnerable subjects as well. It described the show as being about "connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing—and harrowingly comic—sexual secrets." Waithe said in a statement about the news, "Cathy's script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable—it's the kind of script that doesn't come around very often." She continues, showing her excitement for the project: "I'm honored that Cathy trusts me with such a special project. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Kisakye, who previously worked with Waithe on The Chi, says that the show is close to her heart, and that the series will portray three-dimensional, complex women. "With How to Make Love, I'm thrilled to tell stories about the women I know, who are complicated, passionate, resilient, and relatable," she said in a statement.

Kisakye is the creator of the show, and will be writing the pilot script. It's the latest project to come to Showtime through Waithe's first-look deal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, should it go to series, this would be the first anthology for the network.



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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]