Kat Cunning’s calling, and she wants you to pick up the phone.
The singer/actress/dancer, who currently appears on the HBO drama The Deuce, unveiled the video for “Stay on the Line” today (Oct. 16). It’s a simmering, sensual ode to the once-illicit, now-nostalgic act of making love on the phone.
Inspired by the lost art of phone sex, where breaths and sighs create a unique intimacy that can’t quite be matched by FaceTime, “Stay on the Line” is a tribute to the imagination and to the sweeter side of sex.
“Stay on the line/I just want to hear you breathe,” the multi-talent intones in her husky voice. “Stay on the line/Until you come.”
The Brenna Perez-directed visual blends together “New Rules”-style friendship and intimacy with a warm, blissed out ’70s memory that matches the song’s own sunny, sensual disposition.
There’s a familiar domesticity at play here, as if Cunning wants us to be transported to the beach house getaway of our dreams. She prances around on her bed, calling on a fabulous high-heeled shoe phone and playing dress-up. Cunning drips in honey in the kitchen, sharing a sweet kiss with her love interest, the visual artist Monica Hernandez, before ending up on a beachside getaway with her friends and lover.
Cunning tells Billboard that she wanted to keep the production of the video within her found family. “I have an amazing crew of friends who happen to be brilliant dancers and choreographers and I knew I wanted to have them bring the song to life,” she says. “I also knew I wanted to make a queer summer love story, and when I met Monica I fell in love with her visual art and knew I wanted to collaborate. We shot it on one of the last summer days and wrapped with a skinny dip. I hope the video feels that way.”
Watch the swooning, summery video below: