Monarchy’s “Living Without You” is a theatrical mix of heartbreak and dance music: a tension the electropop duo navigates well. The twosome, made up of London’s Andrew Armstrong and Ra Black, just released this single following the sultry “Disintegration,” whose video features Dita von Teese. The concept for “Living Without You” was originally “boy meets girl, breaks up with girl,” but the band felt like it needed to be more interesting. The result: a video about possession, consumed by a destructive relationship, exorcism, vomiting, familiars, and witchcraft. “That is the reality of life and relationships,” the duo says.
The band’s artistic take on relationships was supported by gorgeous fashion, including a headpiece made by Adele Mildred and dresses by Viktor & Rolf and Pucci. The visuals transform the emotionally charged song into something filled with depth and mystery. “The fish,” the band clarifies, “is the model’s own.”