Who better than Janelle Monae to take the "visual album" mantle from Beyonce with new release Emption Picture and this first clip for "Make Me Feel," which has a definite Prince vibe in both sound and vision.
The obvious move would have been to shoot at the legendary Electric Lady Studios — and the stickier idea would have been to pay homage to the alternate NSFW Electric Ladyland album art — but Janelle Monae does not do the expected.
It may seem like Janelle Monae has let her hair down and delivered a straight-up performance — albeit a bouyant and off-kilter one, in the vein of "Hey Ya" — but then things cut away to a breaking news story about the Dance Apocalypse.
I can easily imagine the work of avant-garde audio artists Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu someday occupying a deserved place in a museum. For now, we get this minimilast and classy gallery show, brimming with style and verve as two iconoclasts easily mesh.