In case you didn’t hear the global gay gasp that occurred at approximately 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday night, Lady Gaga has a new music video for “Perfect Illusion,” the lead single off the singer’s fifth studio album, “Joanne.”
Released during the premiere of Fox’s “Scream Queens” (touché, Ryan Murphy, touché), our queen has officially entered a new era. Gone are the “Artpop” days of Botticelli clam shells, Jeff Koons paintings and misguided R. Kelly collaborations.
Gaga’s new aesthetic? Rocker tees, ponytail moments that keep Ariana Grande up at night, microphone twirls and short shorts that would make Daisy Duke fret about a yeast infection.
Directed by longtime friend Ruth Hogben, the music video finds the singer stripped down and channeling her inner rock goddess. Set in the desert with a mosh pit full of grunged youth and collaborators Mark Ronson, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, and BloodPop, this is Gaga like we’ve never seen her before.
It’s a step in the right direction, but like everything, it could use more Lisa Vanderpump on the tambourine.
“Joanne” is expected to go on sale Oct. 21.