Sometimes it seems like there’s never been a pop star as hapless as Carly Rae Jepsen. Her music is practically flawless, but aside from that, almost every career-related decision feels like a complete flop or just bad luck. Her new album, E•MO•TION, is already out in Japan and leaked weeks ago, but won’t be out in the U.S. until the end of August. The lead single, “I Really Like You,” was another huge hit in the making, but for some reason didn’t chart like it should have. Blame the lackluster, off-kilter video for it maybe? Anyway, E•MO•TION is probably the best pop album of the year even if it goes nowhere. It’s filled with songs co-written by Sia, Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid. There are songs with soaring synths and others with glitzy, simple ones; there’s huge percussion and perfectly positioned click tracks. “Run Away With Me” (co-written by Shellback, among others) has all of those things, and today Jepsen has shared the video for it. In the clip she dances around the city, begging you to escape with her. It’s a cute video, but it has none of the starry glam that she’d need to enter the upper echelon of pop like she deserves. So it goes. Watch the David Kalani Larkins-directed clip below.
E•MO•TION will be out 8/21 via Schoolboy Records/Interscope. Pre-order the album here.