The clip follows Smith as she busts into a dingy rock club, rips a cigarette out of someone’s mouth, takes a drag, and continues to barrel through the room. In between shots of Smith performing the song with her band, she seems to grow increasingly anxious and disoriented, confronting a strange figure in the bathroom who then follows her out of the club. The clip ends with Smith nervously extending a hand toward the figure, right before the clip cuts to black.
In a statement shared with Spin, Smith said of the “Transparent Soul” clip, “I’m so happy that I got to bring these two parts of myself together, this spiritual part of myself into this pop-punk angsty world that I wanted to create for the video… I’m so honored and excited for you guys to see it.”
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Smith released “Transparent Soul” in April. While Smith’s earlier musical efforts were distinctly pop and R&B, “Transparent Soul” marked a full-fledged shift into pop-punk and rock, genres she’d loved ever since accompanying her mother Jada Pinkett Smith while she was on the road with her metal band Wicked Wisdom.
“I always felt like I wanted to do it, but for some reason was really insecure and felt like I couldn’t,” Smith told Rolling Stone at the time. “And so when Covid hit and quarantine started, I just kind of needed something new — everything was slowing down, and I wanted to try something that I had never tried before.”