Imagine Dragons dropped a new music video for their single “Bad Liar” today (Jan. 24). Directed by Ryan Reichenfeld, the visual is set in a high school, where a guy is suspended a few inches off the floor, shoulders slouched, leaning forward in an empty hallway. A girl in a white dress approaches and dances around him.
Elsewhere in the video, Imagine Dragons members are playing the song in the school parking lot, in front of an empty school bus. The scenes change throughout the pop-rock ballad, with the dancer and guy being seen in an empty classroom, the gym, and back in the hallway. The guy never wakes from his suspended state. As the song ends, he drops to the floor and the girl walks away.
“Bad Liar” is the fourth single from Imagine Dragons’ fourth studio album Origins. The album dropped last year, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and topping the U.S. Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts.
The track paints a grim picture of a tumultuous relationship in which one person feels trapped and doesn’t want to “fake it” as he ruminates about “perfect paradise, tearin’ at the seams.” Imagine Dragons front man Dan Reynolds co-wrote the song with his wife, Aja Volkman.
In a Beats1 interview, Reynolds admitted they were going through a rough time when they wrote it. They eventually separated; but, never signed divorce papers.
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