If ever there were a music video Shoshanna Shapiro wouldn't approve of, it would probably be the new music video from Ambassadors...which just so happens to feature the actress who plays her, Zosia Mamet.
We won't give away too much, but let's just say that the video for "Unconsolable" doesn't exactly have a happy ending. Don't think, however, that means it was a killjoy shoot for those involved. "I'd never shot a music video before and this was a perfect introduction--I couldn't have had more fun," says Mamet, adding, "Playing a crazy murderess, not a bad way to spend the song." The shoot took a total of 12 hours, according to the Brooklyn four-piece's Sam Harris. "We only had a day to shoot it, so everything had to be on schedule or else we'd go way overtime…everyone was pretty delirious by the end and falling asleep on our feet, but we wrapped feeling pretty good about everything we got. No scratches, bumps, or bruises. Just a little blood," he adds slyly.
Indeed, the whole idea was based off of what Harris describes as having a "bad-ass leading lady" who ends up flipping "the fuckin' script on us." That, and the whole crystal-necklace craze that we have admittedly been guilty of supporting. "The recent emergence of the crystal/dawning of the New Age vibe has really fascinated me, particularly in the way it's taken over contemporary art the past few years," explains the video's director Gabriel Stanley, adding, "After running across Adina Mills, the artist whose crystal necklace we used, it was fairly obvious how I could add a touch of gore to this already ridiculous video."
Ridiculous? Maybe. Intense? Yes. Catchy? Well, in the words of Mamet: "PS I love the song. A favorite on my running mix." And we've got the exclusive premiere--watch it here...and then be very careful the next time someone makes you a meal.
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS