Baby, don’t pull me closer

Chainsmokers video is final nail in coffin

Marley Parish, Features editor

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Andrew Taggart and Halsey bring the lyrics to the hit song, “Closer” to life in a music video loaded with steamy kisses and a lack of clothing. The song focuses on a couple who broke up and are now reunited after years of being apart. The video showcases the dramatic reunion in an uneventful and overdone series of flashbacks.

After months of waiting, fans are finally able to watch the lyrics come to life after the Chainsmokers tweeted a sneak peek of the video from their account on Monday, Oct. 24.

“It doesn’t get much closer than this,” read the tweet.

It may not get closer than this, but it could have gotten more creative. The “Closer” music video gives viewers a close-up of Halsey and Taggart’s mattress makeouts.

“Closer” was released on July 29 by Disruptor and Columbia Records. In the United States, the song became The Chainsmokers’ and Halsey’s first number one single on the “Billboard Hot 100” and has continued to hold its first place status for 10 consecutive weeks. The music video views are already skyrocketing on YouTube since its release.

“Closer” was the anthem to the summer. It is still played through speakers months after its original release. I was one of the many people who danced to the song, blasted it on road trips and listened to the track while studying; however, I think it is time for “Closer” to be put on the back burner.

The Chainsmokers announced that their new extended-play, “Collage,” will be released  on Nov. 4, but the “Closer” music video is sure to hold fans over with its seductive embraces, unoriginal scenes and an obnoxious amount of glances between two former lovers in a hotel bar.

The video opens with Taggart and Halsey predictably standing in a crowded bar. Halsey is wearing a fabulously dramatic sheer black shirt with a diamond statement necklace as her former boyfriend looks on. The two make eye contact and share a moment almost as if it was a scene right out of a movie.

The video cuts to a flashback of Taggart’s and Halsey’s relationship when they were still together. The two are lying in a dingy bedroom on a mattress I assume to be stolen from Halsey’s Boulder roommate.

Viewers do not get a glimpse of the backseat of the Rover that both Halsey and Taggart can most definitely afford, but they get an accurate reenactment as the lyrics are acted out directly in front of viewers. For once, the performance actually matches the words, but a boring and painfully predictable music video is the end result.

The video does not offer room for interpretation or controversial themes. It is yet another song about a couple’s overly-dramatic backstory.

The video ends with Halsey leaving the bar only to have Taggart chase after her in a dramatic exit from the bar and they end with yet another meaningful gaze into each other’s eyes, an over-the-top and unrealistic conclusion.

“Closer” is nowhere near as symbolic as Sia’s famously controversial and catchy music videos “Elastic Heart” or “Chandelier.” This music video is nothing new. Although the song is still catchy and remains popular even months after its release, a music video was unnecessary. I think fans would have been okay with just waiting a week for the release of “Collage.”

Although their interactions are steamy and seductive, the video is nothing new to the music industry. “Closer” has been played to death at parties, in the car and quoted in people’s Instagram captions. The music video is just the final nail in the coffin.

I had high expectations for this music video, but it only broke my heart. I can stop listening to “Closer,” and I might have to move to a city in a broke-down car to get away from watching the music video. It does not look like the song will be going away anytime soon, but I am sure in four years I will hear it while looking pretty in a hotel bar and fall in love with the hit all over again.

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