D∆WN Embraces the Surreal on ‘American Beauty’-Referencing ‘Billie Jean x Dance’ Video

D?WN (f.k.a. Dawn Richard) is starting up a new cycle of her conceptual album trilogy called The Red Era and she’s using a new double video for Blackheart‘s “Billie Jean” and the just-released single “Dance” to transition. There’s a whole lot of surreal abstraction, including a Yeezus mask, but the most striking moment comes when Richard and director Monty Marsh borrow one of modern cinema’s most iconic red shots — the falling rose petal scene from American Beauty. It should say something that the dream-like sequence in question is this new video’s most straightforward moment. Watch it here.

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