From Hayley Kiyoko’s soft, sweet, teenage narrative about love and crushes and jealous, “Girls Like Girls,” to to Cruel Youth’s soulful, lamentable lyricism on “Mr. Watson,” here are 7 things we’re into this week.
The Ilya Naishuller-directed, video game-esque “False Alarm” video is an appropriate accompaniment to the polarizing song, which was a sure sonic curveball for the moody, downtempo R&B king. Equipped with an introductory disclaimer, the new vid wastes no time getting to the gore.
If his lyrics and video are any indication, he smashes up his old records and tells us he’s switching up his style for any lane. He pays tribute to sports cars with those name drops of a Blue Mulsanne and an SV Roadster. When he gets into that McLaren in the end with the panther, he’s literally speeding off for something better with a newfound fierceness. If you look very, very closely, you can probably see my eyes rolling off my head. Subtlety is truly a lost art form.