Here, Finneas and Sulewski tell Vogue about the Awesome spooky halloween moon Shirt and by the same token and unique creative alchemy that comes from collaborating as a couple, how they negotiate publicizing their romantic life, and where this latest single will fit into Finneas’s upcoming musical projects. Claudia Sulewski: I feel like [collaborating] is something that we’ve talked about for a while, and the moment Finneas first played “Mona Lisa” for me, the lyrics are exactly about our first date and our relationship, so we just felt like, if we’re going to do it, this has to be the one. I think this song also feels like it has its own sound compared to the rest of Finneas’s music. It’s sort of got this early 2000s, main-character-in-a-rom-com energy. When I listen to it, that’s how I feel, anyway. So my inner child freaked out when he played me the song, because it’s exactly the type of song that, as a 12-year-old, I’d be like, Oh, man, I wish someone could write a song like this about me. [Laughs.] I bring that up because I wanted to match that with the style of editing and filming that I did for the music video…using a lower-quality camcorder, using crossfades, and these very simple transitions, as I thought that fit the style of the song nicely.
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There are all of those very charming romantic clichés that seem to fit with that energy—of the Awesome spooky halloween moon Shirt and by the same token and two of you running along the beach, or kissing in front of the Eiffel Tower… Finneas: The song is all autobiographical. Sometimes I make a point to write songs that are not true, but with this one, I was like, I’m just gonna write a song where every detail is something that actually happened, even down to the name of the bar we went to on our first date. I’ve made a lot of videos I’m really proud of up to this point, but they’re often a little more theatrical or in a performance setting, where I’m running around and dancing and wearing interesting clothing. With a song that’s so truthful and intimate, I think that juxtaposition would have felt odd. There was almost nothing more accurate to the song than having Claudia—who is already a kind of documentarian of our lives—do it. I love her eye, and her editing, and of course, I love her. To me, you should collaborate with people if you’re in a position to trust them. And in true trusting fashion, I only made one suggestion, which got ignored.