Justin Timberlake keeps rolling in the spotlight as he unleashes a new music video with Chris Stapleton for his track "Say Something."
"Say Something" will be part of Timberlake's highly anticipated fifth studio album Man of the Woods.
Directed by La Blogothèque, the video features over six minutes of Timberlake and Stapleton playing their guitars and wandering through the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles. At one point, the duo is joined by a choir consisting of 60 people.
"Say Something" gives the audience a glimpse of a different side of Timberlake as he collaborates with the well-known country singer and songwriter Stapleton. While the song opens to a loop pad and a laptop, the soulful duet has both artists strumming on their acoustic guitars.
The newly released song finally provides Timberlake fans a small taste of the country flavor that was apparent in the Man of the Woods trailer. The minute-long teaser for the album painted a rustic picture with sun-drenched cornfields, horses, and snow-capped mountains in the distance.
"This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family," Timberlake says in the voiceover. "But moreso than any other album I've ever written, where I'm from. And it's personal."
"It's like the Wild West, but now," his wife Jessica Biel describes.
In another video promo, the singer describes Man of the Woods as "modern Americana with 808s." Timberlake adds that his new album is meant to be listened to outside.
The last two tracks with accompanying music videos that were released ahead of the upcoming album feature a very different tone to the woodsy vibe that was hinted at the promos. "Filthy" offers Timberlake's Steve Jobs-type character introducing a dancing robot to a crowd, while "Supplies" was set in a rundown post-apocalyptic world. Upon the tracks' release, critics wondered why the songs seem so disconnected to the aesthetic of the album's name and aesthetic.
"Perhaps now, more than ever, the disconnect between what a record is doing musically and whatever meta-narratives are being slathered atop it is fully irrelevant," Amanda Petrusich writes in The New Yorker. "Maybe the album and the story about the album are, finally, two distinct and unrelated art forms."
Audiences will be able to see where the rest of the album's tracks stand when it gets its much-anticipated release in a week.