Gallant and Jhené Aiko have just dropped a music video for their beautiful, soulful collaboration track “Skipping Stones” produced by Adrian Younge and Stint, but only one of them makes it out alive.
Directed by American Millennial, the clip follows a deadly tale of revenge, as a bloodied Gallant wakes up in the trunk of a car, tied up. His captor is none other than Aiko herself, who seemingly contemplates what to do next with the cool calculation of a criminal mastermind (or maybe just a pissed-off ex). The whole thing ends in a fiery blaze, and it’s the most anxious thing you’ll see about someone trapped in the trunk of a car since Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights.” Or Eminem’s “Stan.” Take your pick.
“Skipping Stones” appears on Gallant’s debut album, Ology, which dropped this past spring. In a press release about the video, the R&B singer said, “I’m really into the whole one shot thing. Even just the way that I write, I really like living into a moment. Digging into all the subtext that that moment kind of carries. I thought that this particular scene would just very naturally, in a very subtly complex way, kind of just illustrate exactly all of the fiery emotions that are coming through lyrically in the song from both perspectives.”
And in a humorous dialogue on twitter, the two jokingly reminisce about the entire video:
.@JheneAiko yea when u tied me up?
— Gallant (@SoGallant) September 26, 2016
Check out the video here: