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The highly-anticipated return of Adele arrived early this morning and exceeded all expectations.
The notoriously private singer has stayed mostly out of the spotlight for the past few years, releasing Skyfall for the James Bond soundtrack and picking up an Oscar for her efforts in 2013. Now, Adele is back with her third studio album 25, set to be released November 20, and a new single, complete with a cinematic masterpiece of a music video.
Shot in the Montreal countryside by critically acclaimed French Canadian director Xavier Dolan (Mommy), Hello shows Adele returning to an old farm house that holds memories of a lost love.
Fans of The Wire and 90210 will recognize Adele’s Hello love interest at Tristan Wilds, who pulls double duty off screen as a singer and is set to release his sophomore album later this year.
While the premise of Hello is simple, with Adele visiting the long-forgotten farmhouse and walking around the idyllic grounds, the video is anything but. As the first music video ever to be filmed with IMAX cameras, Hello has no shortage of incredible sweeping landscape shots and crispness of subtle details, from falling leaves to dust settling on old furniture.
“It was incredible working with him,” Adele said of Dolan in an interview this morning with Beats 1 Radio host Zane Lowe. “I learned a lot and it made me want to be an actress. He had me crying and acting and I’m really, really proud of it. It’s not like a groundbreaking video in terms of effects and dance moves, but it’s my best video and I’m so proud of it.”
Much of the video is taken up, or should we say, commanded by Adele’s gaze, with intense close ups showing off the stunning singer’s trademark red hair and winged eyeliner.
A true testament to Adele’s abilities as not only a performer, but a songwriter, Hello is instantly relateable, with Adele gloriously delivering lines like “At least I can say that I’ve tried / To tell you I’m sorry, for breaking your heart /But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore” and “Hello, how are you? / It’s so typical of me to talk about myself, I’m sorry”.
Adele also told Lowe this morning that 25 will likely be her last age-related album, saying “I’m sure I’m wrong with this, but I feel like there’s been a massive change in me in the last couple of years. Having become a parent, and me and all my friends suddenly living grown-up lives and having responsibilities we haven’t had before.I feel like how I feel about myself is how I’m going to feel about myself forever. I feel like the idea of naming albums after my age is always to show a photograph of what’s going on in my life [at that time]. I feel like not that much is going to change profoundly in me from now on, in terms of how important years of my life are to myself.”
Attention music award shows. Consider yourself put on notice for 25.