Killiam Shakespeare is back at it again. The Philly-based duo wowed with the release of their latest album A Town Called Elsewhere this past November. It was the perfect vehicle to showcase their experimental sound, which blends elements of jazz, hip-hop, soul and whatever else they want to put in the mix. Well, just as we had the pleasure of premiering the album's first video, a dual clip for "Crispus Attucks" and "Salt & Pepper Wings," the group has also blessed us with the opportunity to premiere their video for one of our favorite tracks from the set — the Chris Turner-featuring "WDYKAL."
The song itself pairs a soulful melody with haunting synths and meaningful lyrics that ruminate about romantic love (the song's title is an acronym for "what do you know about love," after all). Wrapped with the beautiful bow that is Chris Turner's vocal, it's a gift that keeps giving with each listen. For the song's video — co-directed by them and Max Shelton — KS and Chris took to the streets of New York to show the city the same kind of love they gave Barcelona and Douala, Cameroon in their previous effort, with the three walking city blocks, catching subways and spending a decent amount of time in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood. The lovingly shot black-and-white visual acts as a sort of love letter to the city that never sleeps while giving it a magnificent soundtrack to nod your head to.
"Musically, we wanted to create a progressive R&B song for A Town Called Elsewhere, something that was in line with the other music we were producing for the album," the group said of the track. "Lyrically we new Chris Turner would add his classic love child touch to the song. Our friend Aliya Niambi also added to the lyrics. As far as the video, we wanted to show NYC love! We just hung out and captured shots of some of our favorite spots."
You can check out the video for "WDYKAL" right here and pick up your copy of A Town Called Elsewhere via Bandcamp now. As well, if you happen to be attending this year's SXSW Festival in Austin, you can catch Killiam Shakespeare alongside a few other bands as part of the Amplify Philly showcase on March 11th. More info on the upcoming performance can be found on the flyer below.