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NAO's Radiant World Captures Relationships on the Rocks for 'Messy Love' Video

Caviar's Lisette Donkersloot directs the video sharing an ode to self-love and respect

NAO's Radiant World Captures Relationships on the Rocks for 'Messy Love' Video

Caviar’s Lisette Donkersloot has teamed up with songstress NAO on her video to accompany her latest single ‘Messy Love’. The captivating visuals brilliantly reflect the sentiments and overall mood of the single. Inspired by Infrared photography, the video boasts a radiant spectrum of stunning highly saturated and otherworldly colours. NAO enters alongside eccentric dancers covered in indigo blue body paint and orange-coloured gravity defying braid hairstyles all around her. They perform an abstract choreography throughout gorgeous, ever-changing backdrops of sunsets in a deserted setting. Starting out on the floor, the dancers work their way up, cleverly portraying a metaphor of plants growing as they receive sunlight and water - in the end, they return to their original horizontal positions, holding on to their goddess NAO who is ready for a new circle of life.

The track describes a relationship that’s on the rocks, and a love that is destructive with empowering words: “said I won’t break, said I won’t change my ways not even this time”. With a theme we’ve seen before and one we never tire of, ‘Messy Love’ is an ode to self-love, self-respect and choosing peace over the never-ending struggles of a detrimental relationship, and there’s something about the way the East London singer is able to draw in listeners with her sugary vocals and highly relatable lyricism that sets her apart – never shying away from the hard topics.

"Creating this video for NAO, an artist I’ve admired for so long, is really one of the best things for a director. I was so happy Shay (movement director) who I’ve known for quite some time now was happy to jump on board as he - apart from being the best in the industry - also really got what I envisioned for this promo and outstandingly translated that to the choreography and ensembled a stellar formation of female dancers. Their magical energy and professionalism was beyond phenomenal."


Featured Companies: Trim Editing , Mill London

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DIRECTOR: LISETTE DONKERSLOOT

MOVEMENT DIRECTION: SHAY L ATUKOL AN

CHOREOGRAPHY ASSISTANT & DANCER: SHANNELLE ‘TALI’ FERGUS

DANCERS: SHANNELLE ‘ TALI’ FERGUS NICEY BELGRAVE, BELEN LEROUX, DUJA SINADA, KITZ K ATIK A, MELODY SINCLAIR, NICOLE HASTINGS, ROBIA MILLINER

Production

PRODUCTION COMPANY: CAVIAR

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: DANIELLA MANCA

PRODUCER: LAUREN MILLS

MANAGING EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: SORCHA SHEPHERD

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: AARON REID

PRODUCTION DESIGNER: ASH HALLIBURTON

1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: MARK GILLESPIE

STEADICAM OPERATOR: GRANT SANDY-PHILLIPS

1ST ASSISTANT CAMERA: MURAT AKYILDIZ

2ND ASSISTANT CAMERA: JACK LIGHTFOOT

HAIR STYLIST, NAO: EDMUND BOSSMAN

MAKEUP ARTIST, NAO: MATA MARIÉLLE

STYLIST, NAO: RAMARIO CHEVOY

COSTUME DESIGNER, NAO: MAYA SCARLET TE

NAIL ARTIST, NAO: JADE FORD

EDITOR: LAURA CAIRNEY-KEIZ @ TRIM EDITING

VFX: BUTTERSCOTCH POST

COLOURIST: ALEX GREGORY @ THE MILL

COMMISSIONER: KAT CATTANEO @ SONY MUSIC

MANAGEMENT: SAM STUBBINGS @ NATIVE MANAGEMENT

SPECIAL THANKS TO: JO WALLACE, SALVADOR GOMEZ-LOPEZ, MARGAUX BARUCH, WPA & SILVERBACK CREW

Category: Music video , Short Films and Music Videos

Genre: People , Storytelling