Leon Bridges made himself into a big draw with the fully realized 2015 soul-revival debut, Coming Home. He’ll follow it up next month with the new album, Good Thing, and he seems to be pushing into some new directions on it.
Last month, Bridges shared two new singles, “Bad Bad News” and “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand,” both of which pulled in some new influences while keeping Bridges’ voice largely intact. Now, the videos for those two songs are also showing new contexts for the artist.
Bridges already shared the “Bad Bad News” video, which was shot like a psychological horror movie from the 1970s. It tells the story of a woman possessed by Bridges’ dancing. Monday (April 2), he’s got a clip for “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand.” And while it finds him once again working with “Bad Bad News” director Natalie Rae, it’s got a whole different vibe.
The “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” video opens with a shot of Bridges slowly floating above a gray, rainy cityscape. In the rest of the clip, he appears to different people who look, in one way or another sad and lonely. It’s not clear whether they can see or sense him there, but it is clear that he’s offering them comfort. It’s a nice complement to a lovely ballad of a song.
Watch the video below.
This article was originally published on Stereogum.