Opening with a bass-thumping beat that pulses as the camera moves through desolate woods at twilight, the new video for Carrie Underwood’s second single “Heartbeat” lives up to its title.
The tune details the pleasures of finding a dark, quiet place to get away from it all — with the accompanying clip putting a strong emphasis on “dark.” Looking elegant, and a little otherworldly, in a long, flowing cream-colored gown, Underwood is bathed in the faint light of the moon and a smattering of (simulated) fireflies: the song’s lyrics, which Underwood co-wrote, call it a “firefly glow.”
The singer-songwriter, who will headline ABC’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, shares vocals on the song with Sam Hunt, who provides harmony behind Underwood’s emotional lyrics. Hunt, who was named Favorite New Artist at the recent 2015 American Music Awards, doesn’t appear in the video, however.
Underwood reportedly wrote “Heartbeat” as a love song to her husband, NHL star Mike Fisher. The song follows up “Smoke Break,” the first single from her latest album Storyteller, which made Underwood the first female act in country music to have all six of her albums top the charts in their first week of release.
Tickets for Underwood’s Storyteller Tour are currently on sale. The trek kicks off on January 30th in Jacksonville, Florida, and stretches all the way to a May 30th date in London, Ontario.