There’s a reason San Diego-bred singer-songwriter Cody Lovaas might give you Jason Mraz vibes. At just 14, Lovaas was discovered by Mraz while performing outside an Oceanside coffee shop. Now 18, the artist is honing his own brand of acoustic-infused pop with “Bodies,” a new track and music video premiering on Billboard today (June 2).
Filmed in a loft in downtown Los Angeles, the video captures a sleepless night for Lovaas and his female companion, dancer Logan Hassel, who appear tossing and turning in bed under flickering strobe lights. But what follows is an intricately-choreographed dance routine worthy of praise in its own right — in fact, Hassel also appeared in Justin Bieber’s video for “Purpose.” Stay tuned for shots of Lovaas strumming a baby blue electric guitar against the midnight city skyline.
All this is soundtracked to twangy guitar strums and Lovaas’ high-pitched howl, as he goads the listener to “do what bodies do.” It’s a darker, steamier detour from Lovaas first major single, the sun-splashed “Lie,” and its beachfront visual. Here, Lovaas’ stripped-down beat and crooning vocals are just as intimate as the mesmerizing video.
“The ‘Bodies’ video really did turn into art…this was such a fun video to shoot because of the environment we were in and because of all the people who were involved,” Lovaas tells Billboard. “It’s always incredible when the final product is as good as you thought it would be, but this video exceeded my expectations and I couldn’t be more excited about it.”
Check out the “Bodies” video below.