Lady Gaga Releases New Music Video for "Perfect Illusion"

Lady Gaga Releases New Music Video for "Perfect Illusion"

Lady Gaga's video for "Perfect Illusion" is as frenetic and rapturous of the track.

Lady Gaga's video for "Perfect Illusion" is as frenetic and rapturous of the track.

Text: Ian David Monroe

Lady Gaga has debuted her latest music video, for "Perfect Illusion," following Tuesday night's episode of Scream Queens.

The Ruth Hogben and Andrea Gelardin-directed video sees Gaga in a Mad Max-esque desert, complete with a souped-up off-road truck and a large metal cage. When not dancing along in the sand, she's moshing in a rapturous crowd of people. While not psychedelia as we know it, there are obvious allusions to the states of ecstasy she sings about—at the very least, it's seizure inducing.

The video is a complete departure from the singer's previous, more extravagant videos, but ushers in a new era. Free of facial prostheses and ornate costumes, Lady Gaga shines in all her raw glory. That stripped-down aesthetic is carried over from the track, which hears Gaga's straining vocals and has been reportedly recorded completely with analog equipment.

The producers of "Perfect Illusion" appear in the video as well, like a band to frontwoman Gaga. When not putting Tame Impala's Kevin Parker in a headlock, the singer can be seen swinging a microphone around atop BloodPop's shoulders. It's wild; it's free; and, true to form, it's a little fucked up.

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