Elijah Blake pays homage to iconic visuals of the ’80s in his new music video for “Technicolor,” the lead single from his upcoming sophomore project, ‘Audiology.’ In the nostalgic clip, the singer/songwriter reprise looks and choreograph dance moves from classics like Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation,” Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step,” MC Hammer’s “You Can’t Touch This,” and Prince’s “When Doves Cry.”
“It was so important for me to pay homage to these icons in this day and age because first and foremost, even though I’m a ’90s baby, these videos and legends are who inspired me to even want to do music,” Blake told Billboard. “Secondly, the art of dance being a major component in videos is almost like a lost art sadly. I don’t know if it’s because everyone is too cool to dance or if it’s just too expensive, but I really wanted to tap into that magic and reintroduce it to my generation and this culture.”
Blake’s upcoming project will follow-up his 2015 debut album, Shadows & Diamonds, released on Def Jam. This time around, he bares it all in 14 tracks, solidifying him coming full circle while returning to his independent ranks.
Between writing songs for a host of artists including Usher, Rihanna, Trey Songz, Common and, of late, Keyshia Cole and Chris Brown, Blake started building his own fan base as an artist with his 2012 debut mixtape ‘Bijoux 22’. His catalog also includes two EP’s, 2014’s ‘Drift’ and 2016’s ‘Blueberry Vapors.’
“I make music for the misfits,” he says. “I want to continue the legacy of the unorthodox, fearless non-stereotypical black male. I want to be vulnerable, I want to be truthful, and I want to be fearless.”
Check out “Technicolor” below!