Carly Rae Jepsen recently released a music video for “Want You in My Room” off of her fourth studio album from May 2019 titled Dedicated. The music video was filmed in the Los Angeles County Arboretum and follows Jepsen in a dream as she prepares for a date night with her boyfriend. Relying on bright pastels and an imaginative background that shifts quickly and often, the video intensifies the spirit of the song and amplifies Jepsen’s more general style. The fast-paced background transformations draw on the expanded possibilities of a dreamstate and the shoot’s overall youthfulness aligns well with Jepsen’s signature sound. 

Since breaking into the mainstream with “Call Me Maybe,” Jepsen has maintained a sense of teenage whimsy in her music over the years. Her songs are infused with eighties synths that support stories of crushes and heartache- giving off the feeling of Sixteen Candles– while managing to avoid even a shadow of cynicism- an increasingly difficult feat in the present cultural climate. Although her melodies have arguably become more complex, the themes and spirit of Jepsen’s music have remained largely the same. Carly Rae Jepsen’s music is reliably light and happy enough to make you dance without being overly sweet or condescending, the video for “Want You in My Room” is more of the same in the best way.

By Ayanna Harrison

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