The Shadowboxers are bringing 70s nostalgia into the modern pop world with the release of the music video for their single “Telephone,” premiering on Billboard today (Oct. 11).
If the R&B/pop trio’s harmonized falsettos feel reminiscent of Justin Timberlake, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong: “Telephone” is co-written by the “Filthy” singer. Timberlake discovered The Shadowboxers in 2013 and signed them to his artist development label Villa 40 last year, then taking the group on the road for the first half of the Man of the Woods Tour.
For “Telephone,” The Shadowboxers (Matt Lipkins, Scott Tyler and Adam Hoffman) were inspired by the schoolyard game of the same name, where word travels from person to person, but is never quite the same as when it started.
“The song’s concept is based around communication in a relationship,” Lipkins explains. “The truth is always the least complicated way to solve confrontations and issues, even though it can sometimes be the hardest thing to get out.”
When it came to the video, though, the guys took inspiration from one of the great three-part harmony groups that came before them: the Bee Gees.
“Telephone,” an ode to the Bee Gee’s seminal 1977 music video “How Deep Is Your Love,” drips in nostalgia, from the band’s embroidered satin jackets to their recreation of the the Bee Gee’s iconic back-to-back-to-back shot.
“They were able to use the three of their voices to create an identity more unique and compelling than any one of them individually,” Tyler said. “We have always aimed for that ourselves, especially against a current pop music landscape which has very few other harmony groups.”
Check out the full video for “Telephone” below.