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30 November 2023

Watch The Spooky Video For Duran Duran’s New Single ‘Black Moonlight’

Duran Duran Black Moonlight Video
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Duran Duran have shared the official music video for their new single Black Moonlight. The song features on the band’s 16th studio album, Danse Macabre, which just scored the iconic British group their 10th UK Top 5 LP.

The creation of Grammy-winning director Jonas Åkerlund (Madonna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga), who the band last worked with on their spectacular Girl Panic clip, the visuals for Black Moonlight follow Duran Duran through a performative séance – a haunting play on the history of clairvoyance and mysticism, inspired by the Danse Macabre album artwork, which itself features images adapted from a collection of vintage séance photos personally sourced by keyboardist Nick Rhodes at auction. The video was produced by Black Dog Films and you can watch it below.

Black Moonlight also sees Duran Duran reunited with long-time friend and collaborator Nile Rodgers on guitar and production, as well as ex-band member Andy Taylor adding guitar parts.

Speaking about the new video Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes said: “Shooting Black Moonlight was the most fun we have all had on a video set in many years. I have always felt the best music videos are all about the ideas – having a séance in a haunted house was a perfect fit for this song.”

He added: “The director, Jonas Åkerlund, truly understands style, attitude, and atmosphere. He seized the moment and created an extraordinarily unique short film with us Black Moonlight. I think a lot of people will be surprised and, I hope, just a little unsettled by the results…”

Jonas Åkerlund said: “Working with Duran Duran is an endless inspiration. It’s a rare gift to work with artists who have such a peerless style and collaborative approach, their videos were one of the main reasons I wanted to make music videos in the first place. I’m so proud to be part of their incredible catalogue of work.

“From the moment I heard Black Moonlight and saw the album artwork I knew exactly what we needed to do. We all shared an interest in the occult and gothic aesthetics, so we dove into the dark side, together.”

Released in time for Halloween, on 27 October, Danse Macabre also features covers of Billie Eilish’s Bury A Friend, Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer (feat. Victoria De Angelis of Måneskin), The Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black, the Rick James-inspired Super Lonely Freak, Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Spellbound, Cerrone’s Supernature and The Specials’ Ghost Town.

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