Singer-turnt-actress Janelle Monáe has decided to dust off her microphone and return to her first love. Today, she announced via social media her first album in five years, Dirty Computer, with a teaser trailer for the project's “emotion picture,” giving us a tantalizing taste of what we can expect.
The 32-second trailer for Dirty Computer, co-starring actress Tessa Thompson, is a splashy tease. If you’re familiar with the work of the ArchAndroid, you know to expect it. The trailer shows that Monáe is up to her old tricks and treats, but on a much larger scale. The clip opens in a sparse operating room with two figures walking up to a floating bed. From there, we get quick glimpses of a dystopian, afro-futuristic world. Janelle and Tessa share intimate moments in between scenes of glitz, glamour, fashion, dancing and protests. Monáe narrates the clip with the haunting words, “They drained us of our dirt, and all the things that made us special. And then you were lost. Sleeping. And you didn’t remember anything at all.” The captivating and at times titillating clip is over almost before it starts and leaves us with huge, lingering questions. The biggest being: what’s the music going to sound like?
The trailer for Dirty Computer shows that Janelle Monáe is continuing to evolve as an artist and is a force to be reckoned with. Much like Queen Beyoncé’s self-titled album and Lemonade, Mother Monáe is letting her fans know that she’s an artist and showing us just how serious she is about her ish. While Janelle has substantially whet our appetites for her upcoming project, we haven’t a clue about the actual music. But from the trailer, we can guess there will be discussions of love, identity and the state of the world in which we live. Whatever it sounds like, hopefully it will be released way sooner rather than way later.
If you happen to catch Black Panther in theaters this weekend, Janelle Monáe's "Dirty Computer" emotion picture trailer will be screened prior to the main attraction in select theaters. In the meantime, watch it on repeat right here and don't blink because you might miss something.