"They say don't judge a book by its cover -- especially not this one."
The opening monologue of Carly Rae Jepsen's latest video for EMOTION track "Your Type" is dramatic, yet campy, so you know there's a story to be told. The video, out Tuesday (Nov. 3), follows a niave Carly as she goes to a shady neon-hued bar to live our her dreams of being a performer.
The people at the bar sit silently in a daze -- perhaps drunk, drugged or daydreaming of better times -- but with an ounce of confidence, CJR gets ready in the bathroom, pulling on the best outfit she owns and stepping out on stage with a band that matches the dying energy of the seven people in the crowd.
But in Carly's mind, she imagines herself in a much larger place with dancers and smiles and glittery boots. And sometimes, the dream is all you need to keep you going.
The premise of the video is almost as bittersweet as the song, on which she begs a friend to be her lover: "But I still love you/ I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I love you/ I didn’t mean to say what I said/ I miss you, I mean it, I tried not to feel it/ But I can’t get you out of my head."
In the end, Carly leaves the bar, also ditching any sort of shame or embarrassment along the way. As she steps out, we see her wearing the sparkly boots, as if she's still living her dream. And, like in the opening monologue, if we're describing the story in cliche idioms, we learn from Carly that you've got to "fake it 'til you make it." Time to live out our dreams.