Nu-R&B hearthrob Miguel unveils his new video for ‘Waves’.
Wonderland favourite and eternally pompadoured Miguel released his third album, Wildheart, earlier this year to much critical acclaim for its guitar-heavy beats and sex-positive lyrics in a genre often dominated by aggressively masculine identities and selfish sex songs. ‘Waves’ was a standout turn-up track from the album, among some slower, more sensual pieces, so we were understandably excited to watch the stunning new video for the single.
Directed by Darren Craig – who’s worked with Rihanna and recently shot Big Sean’s ‘Blessings’ video – and Miguel himself, it’s a lush, trippy party scene featuring a leopard print clad, bare-chested Miguel (no surprises there) performing on stage in his typically flamboyant style: lots of microphone-stand grabbing, drinking-from-the-bottle, and close up shots of face-licking for good measure. The middle of the video sees him plunging into water among billowing dresses, cue submerged vocals, before he gets sub-aqueous-erotic with two women (ever the loverboy). The club scenes are filmed in Good Time Davey Wane’s in Hollywood – a fitting choice given that much of the album explores the seductive yet amoral hedonism of California – and feature cameos from J. Cole, Wale and Vanessa Hudgens. The video for ‘Waves’ come on the heels of his recent ‘Best Video’ Q Magazine Award nomination for his first single ‘Coffee’, also taken from ‘Wildheart’.