A racist skinhead wakes up with an itch that he can’t scratch off. His skin is peeling away and the black colour, his obsession, is becoming part of his body.
The man doesn’t accept this process of metamorphosis and he tries everything and anything to subvert this identity crisis.
When his skinhead gang discovers the change of identity in their leader, the gang members starts to be aggressive with their leader. Nothing can interrupt the process of violence and the man has to undergo the same treatment as all other black men: insults and physic violence.He ends up being chased by his racist mates into the hands of the very people he was ready to abuse.
The new single Half Naked is an instrumental trip into murky urban territory, crawling with nocturnal menace and pulsing tension.
The track opens with some delicate sparks of piano before McRae unleashes a bass line that quickly cranks up the atmos like a clockwork toy, leaving you poised for the digital stabs of percussion to kick in, peppering the track, folding the imagery layer upon layer until the rhythm builds to a pursuit, pausing for a brief respite midway before the second wind.
Michael Kellor’s accompanying video matches the sound perfectly: a perfect combination between images and sounds creates an anxious atmosphere that represents the state of racism victim’s persecution.
The music doesn’t tell a story but describes a human state of mind as the Leftfield’s song in the Chris Cunningham’s video Africa Shox.
In the end Half naked needs to be watched more than one time in order to notice all the single features of the directors intention.
In the last frames of the video the man is scratching his new black head and the skin is peeling off again and this time under the black there is the white colour.
The colour of ones skin is only an appearance: black and white can stay together as different layer of the same skin.
Director: Michael Keillor
Writer: Michael Keillor
Producer: Michael Keillor and Gus Tennent
Editor: Craig Cotterell
Director of photography: Simon Vickery
Sound: Mark the Sound Man
Music: Dan McRae / Thin Films