Janelle Monae is celebrating sexuality.
Singer/actress/advocate/all-around-cool-person Janelle Monae is back with yet another video from her upcoming album Dirty Computer.
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) April 10, 2018
According to the video’s YouTube description, “Pynk” is “PYNK is a brash celebration of creation. self love. sexuality. and pussy power! PYNK is the color that unites us all, for pink is the color found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere… PYNK is where the future is born….”
Of course, Monae has never shied away from discussing sexuality in any of her songs as her track “Make Me Feel” is entirely about being attracted to someone, feeling aroused and acting on it. “Pynk” is no different and does not hide its intentions.
Pink like the inside of your, baby (we’re all just pink)
Pink like the walls and the doors, maybe (deep inside, we’re all just pink)
Pink like your fingers in my, maybe
Pink is the truth you can’t hide
Pink like your tongue going round, baby
Following in the footsteps of previously released tracks “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane,” the video for her latest track is equally as visually stunning. The desert sequences that feature pants that very clearly represent female genitalia allow the shades of pink to pop against the beige rocks. Every shock of pink stands out stark against the more muted colors in any given scene.
The queer/self-love imagery stands out in every scene. As Vox puts it, “She and her backup dancers wear voluminous pink pants that, when opened, reveal layers of ruffles that deliberately echo vaginas. At one point, actor Tessa Thompson — Monáe’s friend and long-rumored partner, who also co-starred in her videos for ‘Make Me Feel’ and ‘Yoga’ — bursts out from between Monáe’s pant legs with a Cheshire cat grin.”
“Pynk” proves that Janelle Monae is capable of delivering not only quality music, but a variety of quality music. “Make Me Feel” is a dance seems to be heavily inspired by Prince, as well as the video having influences from his previous videos, whereas “Django Jane” is much more aggressive in its rap delivery. “Pynk” is saccharine pop that exudes sexuality without even fully expressing it or being vulgar.
It’s clear that Dirty Computer will be Janelle Monae’s best album yet. With the first three singles, she already shows her range and how we can’t expect anything but the unexpected from Janelle Monae.
Dirty Computer will be released on April 27th.