The video for Tightrope is out, and it’s the jam:
I’ve got extended thoughts about Monae’s use of the medium, and contrasting her with Lady Gaga, up at The Atlantic:
Along the way, she developed a striking aesthetic of her own. What Lady Gaga has done for pantslessness, Monae may well do for saddle shoes, pompadours, and the tuxedo. While it often seems that Gaga’s music is simply a vehicle for her performance art, her songs catchy but unextraordinary dance tunes elevated by the package in which they’re delivered, Monae has a voice strong enough to have considered pursuing a Broadway career. And she deploys that instrument in swoops and chants on her best songs. Where Lady Gaga’s best videos are strong, referential pastiches, Monae has created an eerie world in her videos tracing the adventures of her alter-ego, an android named Cindi Mayweather, a universe where magic and technology coexist and interact, and where music and dance are potent but risky weapons of liberation.
Check the whole thing out.