Until the Ribbon Breaks, a.k.a. electro-ballad auteur Pete Lawrie Winfield, reimagines William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet on his latest single, cinematic slow-burner “Romeo.” The Best New Artist alum casts himself as the male lead in the iconic tragedy, plotting over his doom’n’swoon score, “You see, I would have killed Romeo / And saved Juliet / But I don’t write stories that time won’t forget.” For the track’s just-dropped music video, Winfield pulls from another post-modern interpretation of the classic tale: Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes (though, technically, the Aaliyah-featuring Romeo Must Die might also have worked). The clip cuts together bits of footage from the 1996 film, recalling a time before Luhrmann rubbed elbows with Jay Z, Leo was dubbed the Wolf of Wall Street, and Danes was busy defending the Homeland. For an abridged version of R+J, watch the video above, but spoiler: It doesn’t end well.
Until the Ribbon Breaks’ “Romeo” can be found on the recently released A Taste of Silver EP, available now on iTunes.