Shawn Mendes is begging for “Mercy.”
When Mendes began teasing his new single off Illuminate (out Friday, Sep. 23), he used a series of stark black and white images where he was was screaming and drenched in water. It was foreshadowing for his new Jay Martin-directed music video, which shows the 18-year-old belting out his new angsty tune while he’s stuck panicking in a sinking car. Ah, symbolism at its finest.
Don’t worry though, Mendes eventually breaks the window after being submerged and escapes to the surface (Katy Perry “Rise” teas) so he could catch his breath and give the viewers one of those sultry stares he’s known for. Lord have mercy.