Lady Gaga is unveiling a personal truth with her latest music video.
Fans were surprised when the Grammy Winner released a music video on Friday for her song 911, off of her sixth and latest album Chromatica. The video– a short film– is everything we love about Gaga. It’s aesthetically striking, filled with vibrant colors and symbolism, and has a confusing-yet-compelling storyline that will have you abusing the replay button.
The film, directed by award-winning director Tarsem and produced by The Artists Company, made its global broadcast premiere on YouTube, MTV Live, MTVU, and on the Viacom Times Square billboard. It starts with Lady Gaga waking up in a desert, surrounded by pomegranates. She catches sight of a masked horse rider and follows that mysterious person into a peculiar building.
From there, things only get freakier. Among many other bizarre background characters, there’s a guy who keeps on hitting his head on a pillow and a woman silently weeping over a mummified corpse. And just as viewers think they’ve reached the peak of weirdness, Lady Gaga lets out an agonized scream and then finds herself waking up to a less freaky but equally chaotic reality. Whatever that shocking plot twist it, it’s yours to find out.
On the day of 911’s release, Gaga took to Instagram to explain the new masterpiece, revealing that the song was about her antipsychotic medication. “This short film is very personal to me, my experience with mental health and the way reality and dreams can interconnect to form heroes within us and all around us,” Gaga wrote.
“I’d like to thank my director/filmmaker Tarsem for sharing a 25 year old idea he had with me because my life story spoke so much to him. I’d like to thank Haus of Gaga for being strong for me when I wasn’t, and the crew for making this short film safely during this pandemic without anyone getting sick. It’s been years since I felt so alive in my creativity to make together what we did with “911”.”
She ended her message by thanking Blood Pop for helping her produce the record, and also her little monsters for believing in her. “I’m awake now, I can see you, I can feel you, thank you for believing in me when I was very afraid. Something that was once my real life everyday is now a film, a true story that is now the past and not the present. It’s the poetry of pain.”
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