Kehlani has dropped a music video for “Up At Night,” a single from their newest full-length album Blue Water Road, which dropped last week.
The clip — much like Kehlani’s music video from Blue Water Road single “Everything” — combines the singer’s retro-tinged sound with vintage aesthetics. In the new visual, Kehlani performs group choreography that channels the controlled, sensual precision of an early Destiny’s Child video and later dons a bedazzled getup evoking the provocative outfits of Roaring Twenties performer Josephine Baker.
The R&B singer has called Blue Water Road “an emotional journey, a sexual journey, and a spiritual journey” — and these romantic, wistful sentiments drive the main narrative of “Up At Night.” Laying in a nondescript hotel room bed, Kehlani becomes consumed by thoughts of lust and passion. “You wonder why I love you/There was never pressure,” they sing. “Easy as I want to/There’s just no one better/You think it’s calculated/Baby, I’m just not that clever, never.”
“It’s about having a healthily obsessed relationship,” Kehlani said of the song in a statement. “You’re telling someone, ‘I love you so much it keeps me awake at night.'”
While the album version of “Up At Night” features a guest verse from pop powerhouse Justin Bieber, the “Peaches” hitmaker is notably absent from the video — and his verse is cut from the clip altogether. The track marked the singers’ second collaboration, following Kehlani’s appearance on Bieber’s “Get Me” in 2020.