A chat with Jessie Ware and Gemma Arterton
I was lucky enough to Zoom a Zoom with Jessie Ware and Gemma Arterton last week. Why? Because they've made an incredibly moving video for Jessie's new single, Remember Where You Are.
Here's how it "went down".
When I last interviewed Jessie last year, we had a little chat about this song - which, at the time, was just a deep cut on her 10/10 album What's Your Pleasure. Here's what she said:
On Remember Where You Are – the vocal arrangement reminds me of Minnie Ripperton.
Oh yeah, we were totally trying to do Les Fleurs. Absolutely. We went for it. And there’s this amazing Donna Summer / Vangelis song State Of Independence, too. We wanted it to feel like an overture. Almost choral. For it to be a group vocal but to be sung with drama.
I’m so proud of that song. I love it. And I always wanted it to be at the end of an episode of Handmaid’s Tale. They always use really good music, and I feel like that’s good enough to be at the end of Handmaid’s Tale.
That's quite a high benchmark!
Well, yeah. I think Trump was in town when we wrote it. Boris had just got elected and it felt like a bit of a shit-show. The lyrics work perfectly for now: "The heart of the city’s on fire – remember where you are." I
It felt like us acknowledging the state of what’s going on – and that a bit of intimacy and love can always work a treat.