Watch: New Charli XCX w/ Christine & the Queens Video for ‘Gone’ is Fiercely Erotic

 

 

In her unflinching new single “Gone,” Charli XCX spits disdainfully, “I feel so unstable, fucking hate these people / How they making me feel lately / They making me weird, baby, lately.”

We’ve all been there, of course – fighting the battle with other people’s petty judgments. But considering Ms. XCX’s prodigious public pedestal, she is likely to fall much harder and longer if they manage to knock her off.

 

 

The track (taken from her upcoming album Charli, to be released September 13), with its ferocious ’80s synth groove – think Music for the Masses Depeche Mode – is a collab with Christine and the Queens. And in the unabashedly provocative video, she and Christine are done up in bondage-y garb, and tied to an all white car that seems to have been stripped of its identity (that metaphor could go a number of ways). As they struggle to break free, figurative sparks fly between them, until the entire set is ringed in fire.

What is eminently obvious is that none of this seems like staged pop-erotica. Rather, it comes off as an earnest exercise in exigent catharsis – one which is likely to start its own summer heatwave.

(N.B.  Charli XCX will be doing summer festival dates, including Pitchfork in Chicago and Reading in the UK.)

 

 

 

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