By Taylor Weatherby
April 29, 2015 at 03:45 PM EDT

Adam Lambert has proven to be the king of dramatic pop music and videos, and his latest vid for “Ghost Town” is no exception. The official music video for the American Idol alum’s new single is entirely black and white, and it exposed Lambert more than he’s used to.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been in more of an extreme close-up in my entire life so you, the viewer, get to be right up in my face and see what I’m going through,” Lambert told MTV. “It was a little scary. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that vulnerable on camera before.”

Lambert said the Hype Williams-directed video was meant to be more of a “fashion film,” as shots of dancers in everything from leather to fishnets flash intermittently between Lambert singing the catchy tune. The singer cited “retro Hollywood” icons like James Dean and Elvis—both of whom are mentioned in the song—as inspirations.

“We threw it all in a blender creatively and just pressed ’whip’ and made a big old smoothie out of it all,” he said. “And I loved what we came up with.”