New music from Emeli Sandé is always a welcomed addition on our playlists, so when the singer/songwriter released her latest project Kingdom Coming earlier this month, we knew she would not disappoint. Emotional tracks like “Soon” (featuring Dave East) confirmed that the EP was well worth a listen, but recently released visuals for “Starlight” and “Higher” (featuring Giggs) prove that Kingdom Coming is worth a view as well.
Ms. Sandé partnered with UK telecom giant O2, to bring the acoustic rendition of “Starlight” to life. Shot exclusively on a phone, the video shares 12 hours of footage (edited down to three minutes, of course) and provides a glimpse into the artist’s life. We follow her as she preps, performs and unwinds on the day of a performance. She previously expressed her connection to the song, saying, “‘Starlight’ is a true reflection of where I am at in my life at the moment – making music that truly makes me happy and falling in love with it again….The song came so naturally and I really hope it makes people feel good, uplifted and free.”
Like the endearing #TBT father-daughter photo (circa 1992) that graces the Kingdom Coming cover, “Higher” is a ’90s throwback that gives us all the feels. The R&B groove takes us back in time with soulful background harmonies, smoothed-out synth and boom-bap percussion as Emeli sings of a love so high “the galaxies are at our feet.” Giggs matches the singer’s captivating vocals, emitting laid-back vibes while he spits a hypnotic verse. Further adding to the nostalgic appeal is the Myles Whittingham and Christopher Cargill-directed video complete with silhouetted images against a swirling, colorful backdrop. Shot on a rare day off for both artists, Sandé voiced her approval of the concept, telling FADER, “I feel like this video really reflects what inspired the song perfectly.”
While the project marks a slight departure from her previous sound and look (platinum blonde or raven black, that hair is still fabulous!), we approve. Peep the clips for “Starlight” and “Higher” below, then visit your favorite digital retailer to download a copy of Kingdom Coming.