20-year old Halsey has been carving out her own electrified niche of pop since the release of her debut single "Ghost" quickly lead to a label deal inked with Capitol's Astralwerks in 2014. Most recently, she's been hitting the live circuit on tours including her current stadium tour with Imagine Dragons and releasing songs like the devastatingly addictive "Hold Me Down" as she prepares to release her debut album later this summer.
While the single that started it all for the singer got it's first visual treatment last year as one part of a continuous story strung through all the videos for her Room 93 EP, Halsey returns today with a new take. "I was pretty much like, 'Ok, enough videos of me and some male lead making out,'" she told The FADER. "I wanted to approach this one from a different perspective." The Malia James-directed video opens up against a sea of neon to find Halsey and her co-star entangled in a Tokyo hotel room. Frothy licks of guitar and breathless vocals soundtrack the color-soaked video designed to get a little 'Lost In Translation.' "Is it a friend, a girlfriend, a part of herself? I wanted to see some representation of a lesbian relationship that wasn't over sexualized. Just two people in love—or at least they used to be."
The song will be featured on Halsey's debut album Badlands out August 28 via Astralwerks, which you can pre-order on iTunes now and get "Hold Me Down" immediately and other songs as they become available.