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Watch Joy Williams of The Civil Wars in her new music video Woman (Oh Mama)

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The Civil Wars are sadly no more, but that doesn’t mean your life is devoid of Joy. One half of the acclaimed duo, Joy Williams, still pumps out thumping tunes. “Woman (Oh Mama)” debuted last month as the lead single for Williams’ new solo album Venus, out this summer. She released a sultry video to go with it, Williams dancing in different situations: normally, in a dress; in space, in fire; naked, lying on a beach. It’s confidently sexy, the chanteuse owning the screen and her representation. Williams described in great detail—and a cool story—to EW how the video came to be:

I remember driving in my Volvo to the studio in Marina Del Ray, feeling curious and nervous about filming that afternoon. We were using 3D body mapping, motion capture, and movement scanning technology for the video, and I’d never done anything like that before. Lost in thought, I decided last minute to take a back road to avoid the traffic. Down the way, I saw a family out front by their car. They were laughing and cheering, and as I got closer, I saw why: their daughter, no more than 7 or 8 years old, was dancing on the roof of the car. Totally free. Wild abandon. She didn’t care who was looking, and she didn’t seem to care what anyone thought. She just looked lost in the moment. I got water in my eyes, and thought, “When did I stop giving myself permission to be like that, to be free and be okay to let go a little?” That wonderful girl probably had no idea how much her rooftop dancing inspired me, turned my day around, and influenced what is now the video for “Woman (Oh Mama).”

With all that in mind, now watch it below: