Aly & AJ take us to the cabaret in video for “Star Maps.”
The video, shot in 35 mm film, gives off an old Hollywood feel, with the sisters singing in a cabaret-style, blue-lit room. It’s a simple set, but the people who fill it are the ones who matter.
Aside from Aly & AJ themselves, we see Haley Lu Richardson of Five Feet Apart and her real-life fiancé, Brett Dier of Jane the Virgin, dancing with Frida Kahlo-style brows. There’s also Emma Kenney from Shameless, Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch and Martin Starr, stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Goldbergs, and our favourite of them all—Brenda Song, who is petting a rubber duck. A Phil of the Future reunion at last.
The song is an homage to the synth-pop of the ’80s, staying true to the style of music the duo has become known for. It’s dreamy, jazzy, and the perfect song for a summer night.
In an interview with Paper Magazine, the sisters attributed their inspiration for this single to the #MeToo movement.
“We wrote this song in 2017 when the Harvey Weinstein story broke as an ode to the #MeToo movement,” they said. “We felt we needed to write a revenge song for the innocent victims of Hollywood’s abusers.” Basically, if they weren’t already your favourite singing duo, they need to be right now. Why? Aly & AJ are talented, strong, and politically aware—the perfect combination for artists today.
The music video, directed by Silicon Valley‘s Amanda Crew, is the third off their new EP Sanctuary released last month. The EP features singles “Church” and “Don’t Go Changing.” Sanctuary is Aly & AJ’s second EP, following 2017’s aptly named Ten Years, which marked their first release in a decade.
Aly & AJ are currently on tour and will be making a stop in Vancouver on June 18. Find tickets here.