Conan Gray's 'Overdrive': Live stream, release date, concept and all you need to know about music video
The 22-year-old singer tells fans that the theme of 'Overdrive' is escapism and fantasizing about alternate lives
Rising pop star Conan Gray is dropping an official music video for his new single 'Overdrive' soon. The song released on February 18, much to the joy of fans, and the singer still has more in-store with an upcoming live stream to promote the video.
Gray is also working on a new album, and speaking of the full-length project with NME, Gray said, “As any music listener, as any human being, I experience a giant myriad of emotions. I definitely don’t always stay up or down. Some days I’m very, very happy and I want to sing about daydreaming about an alternate reality where I can just find some stranger and move to a different country with them. Other days, I am barely capable of leaving my bed. That’s what the album is gonna be like, similar to ‘Kid Krow’.
Gray hasn't revealed a release date for the album but is keeping fans up to date with new music before it releases. “I’m so used to writing dreadfully sad music,” he explained. “I love writing sad music and I write mostly sad songs."
He continued, "But I purposely wanted to put out ‘Overdrive’ right now because I wanted to just spread a bit of joy. This was a song that I found myself listening to over and over, just for fun.”
Here's all you need to know about the 'Overdrive' music video below.
'Overdrive' is Gray’s first new solo material since the release of his debut album ‘Kid Krow’ last year. It follows the October collaborative single ‘Fake’ with Lauv.
Gray has shared several teasers for the song/video and spoke of its concept. According to the 22-year-old singer, 'Overdrive' themes escapism and fantasizing about alternate lives. In the caption for recent cover art, Gray explained, "Wanted to start the year off with a song to escape from reality for a little bit with. Something to scream into the showerhead and fantasize about secret lovers and alternate reckless lives we could’ve lived."
Gray also spoke similarly of the new song with NME, sharing, “The song is about losing your inhibitions and just doing exactly what you want to do in a given moment, even if it’s a little bit reckless."
“I think that’s kind of the main thing I’m craving right now — to be able to live a life without inhibitions because, at the moment, we have a lot of barriers to living our lives," he noted, adding, "It’s really a fantasy. It’s a form of escape for me.”
Over an '80s-inspired synth-pop beat, Gray sings lines like, "Only met on the weekend. Said I'm not catchin' feelings. Oh, I guess I lied. Divin' off of the deep end. I can't think of a reason. We should take our time."
Additionally, Gray will spend half-an-hour before the 'Overdrive' music video for a live stream, presumably for a countdown celebration of sorts and to connect with fans before its release. Announcing the live stream on his Instagram Stories, Gray said, "I am so excited for y'all to see the music video." Find out how to stream it below.
The official music video for 'Overdrive' is releasing on February 22 at 9 am PST / 12 pm EST. The live stream will air before the video's release at 8.30 am PST / 11.30 am EST
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