When Kendra Morris released an album of rock and roll covers earlier this summer, her sultry, smoky r&b takes on the likes of Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Lou Reed, and, most notably, Radiohead’s “Karma Police” brought wider attention to the big-voiced New York City artist. The singer, now in the midst of a European tour, has just released an expanded version of her 2012 album Banshee, one of the songs from which “Spitting Teeth” has some of Radiohead’s creeping vocal atmosphere textures floating underneath a minor key piano riff slice of brassy-vocal r&b. The video finds Morris cavorting about her nieghborhood, shopping for records, guitars, and hanging out on the fire escape, as one does.
“I knew I wanted to go for something visually captivating and that really brought the viewer into my world,” she told us. “I’ve been a fan of Rudolf Bekker’s photography work for sometime now and recently seeing what he’s been up to in regards to video portraiture I knew right away that he was someone I wanted to work with.”
The two met from living in the same hood. “He has grasp on life around the neighborhood and the world I’ve always thrived in.”
“Kendra is one of the coolest people I know and that makes working with her a walk in the park,” Bekker said of the shoot. “We shot a long day and night in the East Village in New York where we both live, to capture Kendra’s energy in her natural habitat.”
The video also features cameos from a host of Morris’ musician friends, including Jimmy Carbonetti of the band Caveman, also the owner of the guitar shop, and Julia Haltigan and Cole Williams who Morris calls “both incredible singers. East Village denizens may recognize the bar Library, which she calls her home away from home.