Carly Rae Jepsen’s E•MO•TION is due next month — though it was released in Japan last month for… reasons — and now the “Call Me Maybe” singer’s released the music video for her (arguably) best song yet, “Run Away With Me.” It’s a massive single complete with flattened-out horns and a guitar-and-drum combo that screams “I listened to ‘Teenage Dream’ and thought I could do it better and guess what, I did.”
The video’s a cute travelogue, but it doesn’t do “Run Away With Me” the justice it deserves. The song’s an undeniable hit waiting in the wings for its moment. Jepsen knows her vocal limits, and twists and turns and layers her range to suit the undeniably massive melody in the smartest of ways. It’s the sort of tune that demands to be blasted out of sh—ty car stereos with windows open and wind blasting, but what’s best is that it’s not the pandering sort of “A + B = Hit” formula over which radio programmers salivate. Perhaps like Hilary Duff’s ill-fated “Sparks” Tinder advertisement — or “music video” as she called the original — there’ll be a “fan-demanded” version of “Run Away With Me” that gives the big, bold, beautiful masterpiece an equally as spectacular video.