Visual Poetry: Lady Gaga's "Yoü and I" Video

By Cate Sevilla

With the words "fuck Thursday" spread across three different tweets, Lady Gaga decided to release the video for her new single "Yoü and I" two days early, pleasing Little Monsters everywhere. (And completely panicking those of us who weren't near a computer or Flash-friendly phone...)

We had seen the photos of her bloodied feet walking across a Nebraska road, and a rather ethereal, nymph-like Gaga playing a piano in a darkened field with a man standing over the keys- but other than that, what could we expect? 

“Beware of strange oddities. The more he tries to fix me, the more magical I become," her Ladyship had tweeted before the release. She had also explained to Carson Daly that "strange things that begin to occur in a barn in the middle of Springfield.” We had hoped these "strange things" would involve Yuyi the Mermaid and Gaga's male alter-ego Jo Calderone, and we were not disappointed.

"Yoü and I" Video

The video for "Yoü and I" is magical, twisted, artistically electric and feels on par with the brilliance of "Bad Romance". Directed by the Haus of Gaga, this video makes up for over-simplistic and lacklustre video for "The Edge of Glory", and the "new director" growing pains of "Judas". 

Like "Bad Romance", there is a lot going on with lots of visuals to digest, and it would appear many messages that Gaga wants us to both hear and feel. "Yoü and I" feels like visual poetry, leaving the viewer constantly trying to figure out what exactly is going on, what it all symbolizes, and what it all means. 

However, this has become part of the magic and the journey of a (good) Lady Gaga video. The woman is an artist, and the scenes of "Yoü and I" have created a multi-layer cake of visual artistry that stimulates your mind, and leaves you pleading for an explanation.

Those who do not revel in Lady Gaga's "art" will no doubt find this video over whelming, over-the-top or just plain ridiculous. I love that Gaga exists on a higher (or less sane) intellecutal plane that my feeble mind usually excercises in, yet I do feel as though to fully appreciate this electric chapel of couture, metaphors and mermaids that I need a few things explained to me. I'm going to need Gaga's Haus to break it down for me and let me know, for example, what's with the baby doll and the ice cream guy? Why is she a mermaid one minute and then in a tank the next? Which comes first? Is this chronological? Are these examples of the "forks in the road" that Gaga had mentioned to Carson Daly? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!?

"Yoü and I" Video

"Yoü and I" Video

No doubt we'll have all of our questions answers after Gaga's interview on MTV following the television premiere of "Yoü and I" on Thursday, but in the meantime I'm left to watch this video over and over again - devouring the clothes, digesting the sounds, and contemplating my confusing attraction to Jo Calderone. (I can't be alone in this, can I? Anyone?!)

As usual, Nicol Formacetti has written up the fashion credits for the video on his blog, so if you're hoping to recreate your tribute video and upload it to YouTube this weekend, make sure it give it a look over, eh? (You all better get started on your hairpin glasses, too.)

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Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:32 (GMT+01)
1 Response

I am so glad to see Gaga return to the awesomeness. I want extraordinary from her and it's here in spades. Alternate histories or bending time? What's not to find attractive in the edgily overplayed masculine irony of Jo Calderone. I predict a whole new wave of mermaid love...

K. A. Laity
Thu, 18-Aug-2011 03:12 GMT

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