Musicians have used their craft as a form of political commentary for decades, but usually they're a little more up front about it. Clean Bandit have shared the official music video for "Mama" featuring Ellie Goulding - and although they never mentioned President Donald Trump by name, they might as well have.
The video, which includes a cameo by British actor Neil Morrissey, depicts a boy growing up and eventually running for U.S. office. Overt references to Trump include the main character building a wall out of wooden blocks as a child, and eating a fast food hamburger while watching the televised electoral results as an adult.
"We wrote this script about a boy whose power was taken away from him as a child and he grew up determined to take that power back," said Grace Chatto of Clean Bandit. "We directed it ourselves and we found it to be a really interesting experience.”
Aside from admitting that it's "a bit risky" on social media, they have not publicly disclosed that the video was intended to mock the POTUS.
Clean Bandit's debut single arrived in the form of 2012's "A+E." Known for their blend of electronic and classical elements, the trio went on to top charts with singles like "Rockabye" in 2016 and "Symphony" in 2017. "Mama" appeared on their 2018 album What Is Love?.
Stream or download "Mama" by Clean Bandit featuring Ellie Goulding across platforms here.