It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. For the visual for his latest single “Lies,” multi-hyphenate musician and highly-sought-after producer Terrace Martin chose to keep things simple and let a series of stills tell the story. The Jasper Graham-directed capture features Terrace and his lady through sequential, black-and-white snapshots and it’s obvious that all is not well. The looks of despair and the distance between the two of them convey the thick tension in the room. She seems to offer no explanation to the messages found on her phone before packing her belongings and making her exit.
The lyrics of the track are also straightforward, with only about five bars repeated a handful of times. A modern master of the vocoder, Martin sings, “I'm so sick of your lies / Why do you always lie? / I think you just love to lie / All the time / Lie all the time.” The simplified verses keep the spotlight on the intricacy of the production and its electro, '80s-type feel. Despite the daunting subject matter, Martin’s latest release is definitely more of a bop than melancholy.
Listen to and watch Terrace Martin’s “Lies,” and add the track to your collection from your favorite digital platform. While there’s still no word on when we can expect his highly-anticipated Drones project, he’s given fans a steady stream of tracks to ride to since late last year including the introspective "All I Own," "Trail Mix," "Intimidated" featuring Rapsody and Lalah Hathaway, "The Deuce" and, most recently, "Beige" with Arin Ray and Elena Pinderhughes.