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Janelle Monae Displays Emotional Vulnerability in New ‘Cold War’ Video

The song is intensely personal for the eclectic singer. Around the 1:40 mark Monae's eyes begin to water and she motions to the crew to retake the shot. But she hangs in there and works through the pain, shedding a single tear as she sings "do you know it's a cold cold war?" Director Wendy Morgan confirmed that the video is the one take unedited from the day it was shot.

 

First off if you haven’t brought Janelle Monae’s debut album The ArchAndroid, stop reading this and run to your nearest music store or iTunes. It’s one of the best albums of the year and worth the investment. “Cold War,” the second single from the project, is a raucous combination of percussion and guitars that showcases Monae musing on the struggle of finding self-identity. The video was done in one take and is simply a close-up of Monae’s face and upper body. In the beginning she takes off her robe which conveys to the viewer physical nakedness. And with the song’s lyrics coupled with the black void backdrop, it resonates a deeper symbolic meaning of Monae being emotionally vulnerable and alone.

The song is intensely personal for the eclectic singer. Around the 1:40 mark Monae’s eyes begin to water and she motions to the crew to retake the shot. But she hangs in there and works through the pain, shedding a single tear as she sings “do you know it’s a cold cold war?” Director Wendy Morgan confirmed that the video is the one take unedited from the day it was shot.

“The ‘Cold War’ music video was filmed in the black box auditorium at The Palace of the Dogs sanitarium. This is the complete first take. This performance is unaltered and unencumbered, as those of us in attendance on that day experienced it,” she said.

Enjoy.

1 comment

  1. She actually starts crying at the line ” I was made to believe there’s something wrong with me” the tears just fall afterwards. But she mouths “I’m starting to cry” after that line

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