Teyana Taylor isn’t one to hold back when it comes to her cinematic videos. But for her latest visual, ‘Lose Each Other,’ the multi-hyphenate star went really big – enlisting Sir Elton John to perform the piano.
The emotional “Lose Each Other,” which comes off Taylor’s acclaimed, third LP, The Album, tells the tale of a couple breaking up and imagining life without each other. A beautifully-choreographed dance sequence underscores the song’s heartbreaking yet hopeful lyrics. Like the video itself, Elton’s appearance is both subtle and striking.
“As a director, I wanted the imagery to be simple, yet powerful, which is why I choose an all-white background and bold looks,” explained Taylor, who directs the majority of her projects under the moniker of “Spike Tee.” “I wanted my audience to understand how love’s hardships can also be beautiful.”
The idea of bringing Elton John on for the project initially started as a pipe dream, Taylor shared. “‘Lose Each Other’ is such a special record for me, and I wanted the visual to feel just as big. I told my team ‘you know what would be dope? If I could have Elton John open the video on the piano!!’”
She continued, “Not that I thought it could really happen, but just putting it out there in the universe…. As we were working through treatment ideas and solidifying logistics for the video, an international phone number calls me…. and for a second I almost didn’t answer, but my intuition spoke, I answered. All I hear is…‘Hello darling, it’s Elton. I’d LOVE to do your video!’ I FREAKED OUT!”
The admiration, however, was mutual. “When Teyana Taylor released her debut album, I became a huge fan,” said Elton. “She was a guest on my Rocket Hour and I fell in love with her original spirit. Aside from her brilliant music, Teyana is one of the most visually dazzling artists working in music today. So I jumped at the chance to be in her latest video.”
Taylor added that while the two artists couldn’t shoot together, amid the pandemic, having the opportunity to collaborate remotely “was pure magic. I feel so honored to have worked with someone of such legendary stature. I am forever grateful to him for doing this for me!…Y’all couldn’t even imagine how humbled I am.”
The Album is available now and can be bought here.