Just because Halsey dropped hopeless fountain kingdom seven months ago doesn’t mean she’s ready to let the album go.
Earlier today, Halsey released a music video for “Sorry”—the sixth track off of her second studio album and a heartfelt ode to her failed romantic relationships. The music video itself is a surprise, as “Sorry” is one of Halsey’s slower, gentler songs and was never released as a single.
The subject matter and aesthetic that Halsey and director Sing J. Lee (who also directed Migos’ “Stir Fry” music video) chose for the video are much less surprising, however. Halsey and Lee teamed up to create the music videos for both “Now or Never” and “Bad at Love,” and now that “Sorry” is out, it’s impossible to deny that the three videos are connected. First of all, Halsey wears some variation of the red and gold ensemble she donned for the hopeless fountain kingdom album cover in all three videos. And at the beginning of the “Sorry” video, a sleeping or dead (probably dead) man in a red-collared shirt sits at the wheel of a crashed car—the same man Halsey accompanies at the beginning of the “Now or Never” video.
The “Sorry” video also ends in the same way the “Now or Never” video begins—with the sight and sound of discarded branches lying on the ground, flames crackling as they slowly burn away.
Red-shirted man and burning branches aside, Halsey is undoubtedly the star of the “Sorry” video. Shot in one take, Halsey spends most of the video staring in absolute horror at the demolished vehicles and injured bodies around her. It’s an interesting choice for a song in which Halsey apologizes profusely to her ex-lovers, and not as technically ambitious as Justin Timberlake’s recent attempt at a one-take video.
But it’s effective nonetheless—the pain in Halsey’s eyes as she surveys the surrounding damage is palpable, and intense enough to convince any doubters that Halsey truly regrets the mistakes she’s made (in real life and within the world she created for her videos). Also, now we really want Halsey to star in her own post-apocalyptic action-adventure movie. “Now or Never,” “Bad at Love” and “Sorry” tell a complete story when you put them together, so the building blocks are already there.
Halsey recently made headlines after delivering a poignant speech at the Women’s March in New York and after posting a series of tweets condemning both Recording Academy president Neil Portnow and the systemic sexism of the music industry as a whole. Plus she’s apparently releasing new music in the near future, if her Twitter comment about the “Sorry” video temporarily holding fans over is any indication. Halsey is already dominating 2018 as much as she dominated 2017, and we sincerely hope that her streak continues.
Check out the “Sorry” music video below.