Ripsy May – “Black Wine” video
I stumbled upon this Ripsy May song when I was listening to music on JONES‘ Soundcloud page, as it was one of the recommended songs. She caught my attention with her “da-da-da-da“‘s vocals posing as a catchy beat, but what captivated me the most was when I heard the Los Angeles-based singer’s cool, jazzy vocals drag out along the ambient Vud-produced electronic beat led by mellow drums, haunting vocal arrangements, and a sweeping breeze. So hypnotic and lovely, especially with such strong, thought-provoking lyrics that are rooted in media manipulation and racial divide.
There’s a music video to go with it, too. Directed by the same individual credited for the photo, Tigran Tovmasyan, as well as Ramos Valencia, we see several people in portrait view, with their faces being forcefully handled by other people’s hands–tugged, squished, stroked, and even smeared with globs of colorful paint. Stream the song, watch the video, and keep your eyes on this woman.