Last week, alt-R&B singer Gallant said “I’m back” and announced NYC and LA shows which sent fans into a frenzy and wondering what he had in store for them. They mystery looks to be solved as now he has officially released his new single “Gentleman” off his upcoming new album. He’ll be following his 2016 debut album Ology with his sophomore album later this year. According to his interview with I-D magazine, the song and video serves as an ode to 90’s r&b. Gallant told I-D:
“Gentleman was inspired by all the stuff I was listening to from the late 90s and early 2000s.”
It’s the atmospheric R&B that we love from Gallant mixed with stellar captivating vocals and explosive production. The song comes with a dark, minimalist video directed by past collaborator Sasha Samsonova, which suits the song perfectly.
He also spoke to NPR about the video and stated:
“Visually, I wanted to kind of do the same thing I was doing audibly,” “It’s an homage to a bunch of different films that are really shadowy, Matrix-esque worlds that I think can only be built with 35 millimeter film … And obviously the lighting was like Hype Williams-type, like those videos in the late ’90s; the movie Belly; the way that Seal’s album covers are lit. And then it was the decision to be vulnerable and make the video just focus on the black male body.”
Gallant’s first of two NYC shows is tonight (4/3) at Public Arts, and his second is Thursday (4/5) at National Sawdust. HIs LA show is 4/17 at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever. All three are sold out. Watch the video above.