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16 December 2020

Interlude (Loving the People)

by Andrew MacGregor

Michael Kiwanuka: “Interlude (Loving the People)” - 3 mins 06s

Album interludes seldom receive the promo treatment, but no one told director Phillip Youmans. The American describes Michael Kiwanuka’s 'Interlude (Loving the People)' as "like sunshine on my skin", and delivers an appropriately humid promo set in Southern California.

Compared to the oppressive Deep South heat of Youmans’ feature debut, 'Burning Cane', this is a more languid, laidback proposition. The LSD taken by the young Black cast early on only amplifies this hazy atmosphere.

As the quartet skateboard, hit the beach, and fashion homemade robot costumes, Kiwanuka's track brims with defiant lyrics ("And my soul became satisfied that I was right in what I was doing") and guitar riffs that skirt the horizon. A worthy complement to one's daily vitamin D pill.

Commissioner: Marco Grey
Film Production: Smuggler Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director's Agent: OB Management Ⓟ Ⓦ
Cinematographer: Gus Bendinelli
1st AC / Focus Puller: Q Rodriguez
Stylist: Kobe Gilmore
Location Manager: Djaka Souare

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