Maxwell recently dropped off "Shame," the lead single from his upcoming album NIGHT. On social media, the soulful crooner implored us to "listen to the start of the conclusion." Now we can also watch that conclusion unfold in the new visual directed by Bush + Renz, who also directed his short film "The Glass House." The video serves up "a vibrant look into black beauty," according to a press release, which is very apparent thanks to Maxwell recruiting his video muses from the catwalk and the big screen. You can spot models and actors Jeneil Williams, Maria Borgess, Riley Montana, Achok Majak, Sira Kant and Adonis Bosso throughout the clip.
The video makes a clear statement, starting with all of the beauties shrouded in sheer, dark veils covering their faces. Once we hit the chorus, the wind blows them off in dramatic fashion, revealing the black beauty they should feel no shame about. Maxwell spends the majority of the video singing in bed, submerged in a bathtub or in a cab serving as our guide throughout the visually stunning video. While we enjoy just looking at Maxwell, the beautiful cast with their bold, dark hues makes the video one to watch again and again.
NIGHT serves as the last installment of Maxwell's musical trilogy that began with 2009's BLACKsummers'night and continued with 2016's blackSUMMERS'night. There's no release date set for the new project, but we can't wait to dig into it when Maxwell is ready to unveil it. While we continue to exercise patience, go ahead and add "Shame" to your collection with a purchase from your favorite digital retailer right now. Watch the "Shame" video right here, and let us know what you think of Maxwell's tribute to black beauty after you press play.