Panic! at the Disco gave fans a brand new song a few months back, and now the Las Vegas-based band are following it up by releasing the official music video for “Hallelujah.”
The video, which pays homage to the video game, Monument Valley, finds frontman Brendon Urie playing two different characters in the story; the sinner and the priest.
When asked about the concept behind the music video by Mashable, who exclusively premiered the clip, Urie explained, “When I’m sitting in my confessional, basically, I’m playing two different characters. I’m playing the sinner, and I’m playing the priest.”
“As the priest, I’m trying to convince myself that it’s all okay, that I’ll absolve you of your sins and try to comfort you, and the sinner just isn’t having it. In the sinner’s mind, there’s this puzzle going on — I’m chasing this girl through this story that I’ve woven for myself and I can’t seem to break the puzzle. I’m trying to defeat it in order to have some kind of catharsis.”
The trippy music video can be seen above.
“Hallelujah” marks the first song to be released without longtime drummer, and P!ATD founding member, Spencer Smith. Back in April, Smith announced he would not return to the band following a stint in rehab, leaving Urie as the sole original member of the decade old band.
Instead of stewing on Smith’s departure, Urie went back into the studio to start working on some new music.
“Right after we had the talk about what [Smith] wanted to do, and after he had released his statement to the fans, I was like, ‘Okay, I’m jumping back in. I still want to make this [upcoming] album as soon as possible.’ And he was 100% behind that. But he didn’t have anything to do with this album coming out, so it really is a departure,” Urie explained to the publication.
Smith’s open letter to fans was release a couple of weeks before Urie, and the newly revamped P!ATD, debuted “Hallelujah.” During that time, Urie had revealed to radio station Alt 98.7 that the band’s upcoming fifth album was “85% completed” and would sound different from its predecessors.
“It’s this mix between Sinatra and Queen, if that makes any sense…Every time we do a new album, for me, it’s always evolving and changing—in the best way. There’s going to be a new energy live,” he told the station.
As of now, the singer says that his aim is to release the new album by late-October. The impending record will be the follow-up to 2013’s Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!.