Harry Styles released a music video for his newest single, “Lights Up” and if this is a sign of the times, we are ready. For nearly three minutes, fans of Styles can sit back and watch the singer do his thing, which right now, happens to be kinda groovy, kinda chill, kinda ’70s and very sweaty.
As the lyrics in “Lights Up” often ask, “Do you know who you are?” and Harry could very well be telling us that we don’t know who he is—or perhaps we haven’t gotten to know the real him until now. Because in his first new music in two years, Harry has emerged as a sexy, dreamy spectre floating in and out of locales where shirts are optional and crowds of sweaty men and women can’t get enough of him.
In much of the video, Harry is shirtless or wearing one that’s unbuttoned so far down he’s giving Simon Cowell—the man known for love of a V-neck shirt and, ironically, just so happens to be the human for whom we should all be thankful as he discovered the former One Direction member—a real run for his money.
There are also scenes in the new video where Harry is in, under and on top of water, wearing a shimmery jacket and top and appearing as though he just stepped off the Met Gala red carpet —which is where New Harry truly made his debut. And while a One Direction reunion would be lovely, we’re happy with where Styles is at right now.
Maybe even better than the video is the song itself, which manages to be uplifting, mysterious and a catchy at the same time. In August, he told Rolling Stone that he was close to finishing his new album, which he suggested would be packed with “the toughest, most soulful songs he’s written yet.” And, as Harry put it more directly: “It’s all about having sex and feeling sad.” Clearly he wasn’t joking.
Since Styles released his eponymous solo album in 2017, which was widely praised, fans have been clamouring for more. He teased this new track with a push to a website, DoYouKnowWhoYouAre.com, that prompts people to fill in their name and then spits out a compliment, before dropping “Lights Up” at midnight on October 11.
There are still glimmers of the Harry we once knew, particularly the last shot of the video where he flashes that boyish grin of his. Because no matter how much of a man the 25-year-old is becoming, he can’t hide those adorable dimples from anyone, even if he’s in the midst of a group of writhing bodies.