By Robyn Collins
Dierks Bentley has just released “Black,” the last of a four-part video series he has been rolling out over the past few weeks leading up to his new album, Black, which comes out May 27. The sizzling video was directed by Wes Edwards, who shot all four of the clips.
“I saw it originally in color and I thought, ‘Damn, that’s pretty racy!'” Bentley told Rolling Stone Country, explaining that he and Edwards decided instead to go with black-and-white to align with the album’s theme. “In color, it’s almost like Skin-emax, but you put it in black-and-white and it’s more like Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’: sexy cool. So we went a little more Chris Isaak, a little less Skin-emax. [Laughs].”
“Black” follows clips for “I’ll Be the Moon,” “What the Hell Did I Say” and “Pick Up,” that play out the storyline of a woman keeping a secret lover from her evil boyfriend.
The “I’ll Be the Moon” video sets up the love triangle, followed by the more lighthearted “What the Hell Did I Say” clip that shows the lovers’ drunken night out. “Pick Up” is where the series gets dark, as we find out that the boyfriend has unsavory tendencies. In “Black”, the woman seems to have killed the boyfriend, and she escapes with the lover, whom she also leaves, as she washes the blood off of her hands.
Black is Bentley’s eighth studio album and the first single, “Somewhere on a Beach,” hit number one on Billboard the country chart, making it Bentley’s 14th career number one track.