Lady Gaga has returned with a new music video!
Mother Monster unveiled the long-awaited visual for her latest single “911” on Friday (September 18), and the entire project is just as crucial as its name suggests. The clip opens with Gaga, wearing religious clothing, apparently stranded in a desert before she follows a strange horseman to a nearby temple. At one point, she suffers a mental shock that jolts her back to reality as medics appear to aid her after an apparent car accident.
In a previous interview, Gaga stated that "911" was written about her experience taking a prescribed antipsychotic medication called Olanzapine after enduring a psychotic break. Like its lyrics, the song's visual also evokes a sense of emotional disorientation and mental anguish.
"I didn’t understand what was going on, because my whole body went numb; I fully dissociated," Gaga recalled the frightening experience to Oprah Winfrey for ELLE Magazine in 2019. "I was screaming, and then [the ER psychiatrist] calmed me down and gave me medication for when that happens—Olanzapine. [The drug] helped me that day, and that man and all my friends, they saved my life."
The Grammy-winning songstress’ new visual comes weeks after the 34-year-old hit the stage at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards to deliver the song live for the first time on television in a Chromatica-inspired medley. (Watch it here, in case you missed it!)
Gaga’s “911” follows previously-released singles “Rain on Me” featuring Ariana Grande and “Stupid Love,” all of which appear on her sixth studio album, Chromatica, which also features guest appearances by Elton John (“Sine from Above”) and Blackpink (“Sour Candy”).