If you like causing trouble up in hotel rooms and having secret little rendezvous, One Direction’s music video for “Perfect” should hit the spot.
Released Tuesday, the black-and-white video features Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson goofing around New York City’s Intercontinental Hotel and doing what they like best. In Horan’s case, that means a bit of golf and acoustic guitar, while Payne is shown mixing music on his laptop, and Styles tries on some haute couture. Tomlinson is shown kicking a soccer ball around, as is Payne, and the pair spend some time causing a little mischief together — as they are wont to do.
Payne is also shown getting some of his latest ink — the roman numerals are a memento of his audition number from the band’s X Factor days.
The video was directed by Sophie Muller, who is known for her collaborations with Beyoncé, No Doubt, Shakira, Rihanna, Pink, Lana Del Rey, and more.
Written by Styles and Tomlinson alongside frequent collaborators Julian Bunetta, Jesse Shatkin, Jacob Kasher, John Ryan, and MoZella, “Perfect” is described in a press release as an “emotionally charged ironic love song,” something which is certainly reflected in the song’s lyrics (“And I might never be the one who brings you flowers / But I can be the one, be the one tonight”), though the theme is not necessarily constant throughout the video. An exception is when Styles sits moodily on his hotel bed, singing the verse many assume to be about his ex, Taylor Swift: “And if you like cameras flashing every time we go out / And if you’re looking for someone to write your breakup songs about / Baby, I’m perfect / Baby, we’re perfect.”
Not only is “Perfect” sonically similar to “Style” — a title so obvious that Swift jokingly considered calling it “I’m Not Even Sorry” — but fans have already noticed that the video for “Perfect” shares some visuals with Swift’s own.