When we last left Converse’s “Three Artists, One Song” project, Damon Albarn of Gorillaz went to the mat with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and OutKast’s Andre 3000 on “DoYaThing.”
For their next trick, the company has gathered together Foster the People frontman Mark Foster, “Somebody That I Used To Know” guest sprite Kimbra, and Canadian turntable mastermind A-Trak for a song called “Warrior.”
The song will be available for download for free at the official website for shoe store Journeys, but you can take a first look at the video for “Warrior” below.
The colorful, kinetic clip stars Foster and A-Trak as less-than-willing Mexican wrestlers (or luchadors to those who follow the career of Dr. Wagner Jr.), with Kimbra fronting a mariachi band
Give the exclusive premiere a look below.
The song came together in a whirlwind of activity. Foster and A-Trak put the basic track together over the course of a few days, then sent it off to Kimbra (who recorded her track on a laptop in an airport in Germany) so she could add her vocal flourishes. “This is one of the most insane songs I’ll ever work on in my life,” Foster said. “Kimbra was on tour for a ton of it, I was on tour for a lot of it, and A-Trak was as well while we were trying to do the song and shoot the video. The schedules were hard. We worked on this track in 21 cities over four continents, which has got to be some kind of record.”
The video was conceived by directors the Daniels (who also directed Foster the People’s “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls”). “I was totally blown away,” Kimbra said. “It was way more physical than what I’ve done in videos before, so I was pumped. When I saw the leotard, I was a little bit worried. I’ve had revealing video clothes before, but this was a new level of revealing. The great thing about it was that there was a lyrical direction we were alluding to in the song, and the direction of the video really seemed to tie in well. That was kind of cool.”
“Warrior” won’t end here, either, as Kimbra and Foster the People will be on tour together this summer, and they plan on trotting the song out live. “It’s going to be fun,” Foster said. “Especially since Foster the People doesn’t have any new material yet to play live. It’s going to be necessary to fill our set in.”
Will they be in costume? “Ooh, I don’t know about that,” Kimbra said.
Read more on EW.com:
Gorillaz team up with Andre 3000 and James Murphy for Converse track ‘DoYaThing’ — EXCLUSIVE
The 10 Best Singles of 2011: Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks”
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