The video traces a relationship as it literally goes up in flames: In the beginning, matters between Tinashe and her guy are copacetic, but as “Flame” progresses, the couple splinters, with the singer eventually seeking revenge against her ex.
The alternative: Burning down her lover’s house together with the help of two bottles of vodka as well as a sparkler. While her ex stares stupefied at the charred remains of his house and their relationship, Tinashe then dances in the glow of the blazing construction.
“Flame” is Tinashe’s first new song since the surprise arrival of her 2016 LP Nightride, a precursor of sorts to the perpetually delayed Joyride.
“I see them as two things that are equally the same,” Tinashe told Rolling Stone. “I think you can be a combination of things, and that’s what makes people human and complex. They are equally me. I don’t like to be limited to one particular thing so I want to represent that duality and that sense of boundlessness in my art.”