Lady Gaga's "Perfect Illusion" music video is the pop star's grittiest visual yet.
Mother Monster premiered the first visual from her forthcoming album Joanne (out Oct. 21) today following the season premiere of MTV's Scream Queens.
The Ruth Hogben-directed video doesn't feature the outlandish antics a typical pop video from Gaga entails. Instead, it's a refreshing and stripped take for Gaga, or as she put it... a "raw performance of the song."
In the clip, Gaga jams out to the song with the track's producers Mark Ronson and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, slinging around a microphone in front of a hyped up crowd amidst a desert sunset.
If you think "Perfect Illusion" is an unexpected route for Gaga, you're not alone. The (rumored) Super Bowl halftime show performer admitted in a new interview she "didn't choose" to release it. "I write the music and make the music and sing music, but I didn't choose the single," she said. "The single was chose by, you know, the record label and a lot of people that work with me. We all decided as a team and together that we liked it as the first song.
Mother Monster said that she doesn't think "Perfect Illusion" is an ideal example of the rest of Joanne, but described the cut as a tune with "a strong fire to it." "I love the statement. I love what it's talking about. It feels to me like a message that is timeless, but also, you know, really modern [with] how we experience love nowadays. It's so hard to know if people are real or not."
The "Perfect Illusion" video proves it... Lady Gaga is the real deal.